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"Unoccupied Houses" in Japan: Wherever they are and how to get them
Although this paper is meant as a provisional guideline, it covers some, but not all, items that need to be considered in detail before commencing a real estate transaction or due diligence. However, it is not meant to be a complete guideline. Dealing with real estate is often complicated, especially abroad, and we strongly advise you to consult an experienced expert... find out more....
Meanwhile, Japan's countryside cities are so distressed for younger inhabitants that they give away homes free of charge. Whilst this is the case from a technical point of view for a few cities throughout Japan, it is certainly not yet an everyday occurrence - and plans for a home are not 100% free, with certain requirements to be met by candidates.
What about the buildings? Two cities provided information about the construction and donation of homes to young people in 2015: Okutama, which actually belongs to the Greater Tokyo Area but is secluded, entered its rows in May 2018 when the city was looking for residential candidates. The application has now been completed and the new residents of Okutama are scheduled to move in in January 2019.
More cities are likely to hop on the train in the near term, so keep an watchful eye on the latest developments (or sign). One, the place isn't really free. The very low occupancy rates with the possibility of becoming an occupier after a certain period of occupation describe the open space offers more precisely.
As an example, in Shichikashuku, the monthly rental for one of the single-family homes provided by the community is JPY 35,000. If you remain loyal to the city and permanently reside there, the title to the real estate, the house and the plot will be transferred to you after 20 years. There are similar regulations for the Okutama scheme:
However, the buildings in the new building are not particularly large. Whereas the eight homes constructed in Miyagi for the Miyagi site were 125 square meters in size and had three double rooms, the Okutama homes provide only about 50 square meters, which could be a bargaining chip for a happy home with many small orphans.
But Okutama said in April 2018 that they already had several candidates for the small houses. When you are not a married person, do not have kids, are not young enough or are not sure whether you want to live in your new country home for several years, the purchase of an old home could be a better option.
Estimates suggest there are 10 million deserted houses in Japan, many of them in rural areas. They are not all for sale, but among those who are, there are real estate that can be transformed into something nice through renovations. The Akiya often sells for only a few million Japanese yen and is an easy option to the free trade regulations popularised by the masses.
In addition, some are actually free of charge and are offered at a price of PLN 0, as the owner is no longer able to take good charge of the house or does not want to owe the Japanese land taxes for a house they do not use. The website (in Japanese) has a free listing of deserted houses that are available.
The old versus the new real estate in Japan: The guidelines relate to some aspects that need to be considered before commencing a real estate transaction or due diligence. However, they are not intended to be used as a basis for the due diligence work. Dealing with real estate is often a complicated issue, especially abroad, and we strongly advise you to consult an experienced expert... find out more....