1.What is a guarantor?
A guarantor is a person who is financially stable and ensures the property owner that in case the tenant cannot pay for the rent, the guarantor will be responsible for the rent.
The guarantor has nearly the same responsibility as the tenants, therefore it is advisable that you choose a relative. In general, the guarantor has to be those residing in Japan.
2.Finding a guarantor...
Many foreigners find it difficult to find their guarantor.
There are conditions for the guarantor which may be the cause of the problem. In general, the guarantor must be financially stable and has a Japanese citizenship. Since there is a tradition of Japanese saying “don’t be a guarantor for others” it may be a problem finding your friend to be a guarantor.
If you cannot find a guarantor, there is a guaranty company which serves as a guarantor. The number of guaranty company is increasing today in Japan. The regulation varies according to the companies. For instance the types of the guaranty companies are those that obligate to set a guarantor, emergency contact, or those without the obligation of having a guarantor or any emergency contact. Furthermore, credit card account may be used as a guarantee.
The following are the cases of the fee for guaranty companies.
Companies which obligate to set a guarantor
30% of the one month rent, common service charge, administrative fee, and car parking fee is paid when signing the contract. This is only paid once.
Companies which obligate to set an emergency contact
50% to 70% of the one month rent, common service charge, administrative fee, and car parking fee is paid when signing the contract. This is only paid once. Furthermore, some companies may charge you to pay JPY 10,000 per year from the second year.
These two cases in above are common. Please keep in mind that it varies accordingly. It is advisable to contact each company for the specifics.