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Real estate company reported to prosecutors for illegal BnB in Kyoto

Kyoto’s Economic Crime Investigation Division and the Ukyo Police Department have sent papers to prosecutors on a Nagoya-based real estate company under suspicion of illegally renting out a house in Kyoto City to tourists. A total of five people from the company, including the company president, are accused of acting as an intermediary for the…

Kyoto City might limit some Airbnb-type rentals to just January and February months

Kyoto City has started official discussions that may see Airbnb-type short-term rentals in certain residential zones limited to just the January and February months and for no more than 60 nights in total. Hosts looking to rent out places in primarily residential neighbourhoods in central Kyoto, including areas around Kinkaku-ji temple and Nanzen-ji temple, may…

Shinjuku plans to ban short-term accommodation on weekdays

Tokyo’s Shinjuku district is finalizing plans that will impose stricter limitations on short-term accommodation in some residential zones. The city is currently in the process of seeking public comments that will help shape the final regulations. Under the proposal, properties located in exclusive residential zones cannot be let out to guests from Monday through Thursday,…

Japan’s short-stay law to be delayed 6 months

Those hoping to rent out their home legally on a short-term basis in Japan may have to wait a little longer as the government has delayed the de-regulation of the home sharing market until June 2018. According to the Japan Tourism Agency, the reason for the delay is to allow more time for local governments to…

32 million Yen lawsuit filed against illegal Airbnb hosts in Osaka apartment building

32 million Yen lawsuit filed against illegal Airbnb hosts in Osaka apartment building

The owners association of a condominium in Osaka’s Minami district have filed a lawsuit with the Osaka District Court seeking 32,670,000 Yen (approx. 300,000 USD) in damages from hosts providing illegal overnight accommodation in the building. According to the association, 5 of the 100 apartments in the 10 year old building have been rented out…

Local groups seek ban on unlicensed short-term letting in Hakuba

Local groups seek ban on unlicensed short-term letting in Hakuba

Hakuba’s local tourism associations are seeking a ban on short-term Airbnb-type accommodation because it could threaten the already-low operational rates of the village’s existing inns and hotels. Hakuba’s Kirikubo and Shinden districts at the foot of of the Hakuba Iwatake Ski Resort have 68 licensed lodgings that have operating ratios of around 15 ~ 20%,…

Neighbours file dispute over new apartment building in Tokyo’s Shibaura district

Neighbours file dispute over new apartment building in Tokyo’s Shibaura district

The Sankei Shimbun has reported that residents of a 14-storey, 36-year old condominium near Shinagawa Station in Tokyo’s Minato-ku have filed a complaint with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government seeking the cancelling of the building permit for a project under construction on an adjoining lot. The neighboring building is being built on land that was once…

B&B host ordered to pay landlord 700,000 Yen

The host of an illegal B&B operating out of an apartment building in Osaka has been ordered to pay 700,000 Yen (approx. 6,360 USD) in compensation to their landlord. The owner of the apartment building filed a suit in the Osaka District Court seeking 1,400,000 Yen from the tenant who was illegally subletting the apartment…

Floor space ratios may be relaxed for pre-1981 buildings in Tokyo

Floor space ratios may be relaxed for pre-1981 buildings in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is considering introducing regulations that would relax floor-space ratios when redeveloping old apartment buildings in the city. This would allow for the additional space to be sold by a real estate developer, which would help to cover the costs of redevelopment. The target of the revision is condo-style apartment buildings that…

Sellers: Your agent is now required to present all offers

From April 1, 2017, real estate agents are now obligated to inform a seller when they receive an offer from a buyer. The revision to the Buildings Lots and Buildings Transaction Business Act (the law that governs real estate transactions in Japan) now includes a clause stating that a seller’s agent must promptly inform the seller, with whom…

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