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Post Move-in Residency Rules

Setting out the garbage

  • The way for taking out the garbage differs depending on the neighborhood in which you live (city,ward,town,or village). The day and time period when the garbage is to be set out is decided, so when you move in ask the real estate agent, the neighbors, or the local government office about the set day and time.
  • If you do not set out the garbage at the appointed time, it will not be collected even if you separate it properly, and this will often cause trouble with the neighbors. Be especially careful to observe the appointed day and time.
  • In cities, wards,towns,or villages with many foreign residents, there may be pamphlets with illustrations in foreign languages that explain how to put out the garbage. Ask at the local government office or the waste collection office.

Caution regarding noise

  • In multi-family dwellings, sound travels easily to the neighbors or to the floors above and below, so be careful not to be noisy especially late at night or early in the morning.
  • For example,loud voices, parties, televisions and stereos, musical instruments, vacuum cleaners and washing machines, the sound of children running around, slamming of doors, taking a bath at night, and similar actions can often be noisy, so be careful not to disturb the neighbors.

How to use the housing

  • Japan is very humid(especially in the summer time), so take care to air out the inside of the housing. If condensation forms, wipe it off. Leaving condensation could cause mold and mildew to form and you will be held responsible for this.
  • Putting nails in the walls of the housing or painting it are often prohibited, so be sure to check what is prohibited by the rental agreement.
  • Living with people other than those stated in the rental agreement or sub-leasing the housing to another party are infractions of the rental agreement.

Using the kitchen

  • Do not wash grease or food scraps down the sink drain. Absorb the grease with newspaper or other material and put in the burnable garbage.
  • When cooking generates strong smells or smoke, turn on the exhaust fan and make sure the smell does not linger in the housing.

Using the bathroom and toilet

  • Do not flush hair or other things down the drains in the bathroom.
  • Do not flush anything but toilet paper down the toilet
  • You will cause your neighbors trouble if a drain or toilet becomes plugged and overflow. If you cause damage to the apartment below yours, you will be responsible for the cost of damage and repairs.

Using common service areas and balconies

  • In multi-family dwellings, the halls, stairs, and other locations outside of your housing are common service areas. Do not place garbage or personal property in these areas. These common service areas are also used as evacuation routes in times of emergency.
  • Balconies might also be used as escape routes in times of emergency. Do not block the escape routes with any belongings.



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