What is Room Sharing?
A Room Share where people can enjoy “Friendship” with “Cheap Prices.”
Room Sharing is a kind of living style where people rent property directly from the landlord with their friends. For example, when there is a 3LDK property targeting family users, and a group of friends with three people decided to stay here, each of them will be able to use one room as their private place and share the living room, kitchen, water service areas, and more. It feels the same as when renting a 1LDK property, but the rent paid by Room Share will be way cheaper. Also, the utility bills such as the electricity and gas bills are shared with the Share mate, so the users will be able to reduce their burden compared to signing individual contracts. Plus, the users can also search for their Share mates by themselves; they would be able to live with persons they feel comfortable with. Although in Japan, there are not as many properties that allow Room Sharing, there are many places where the culture of room sharing is rooted overseas. Especially in Europe and the United States, the number of students living in Room Sharing properties increases.
The high degree of freedom due to signing a direct contract with the lender
In Room Sharing, the borrower is free to decide how many people to share with as long as they get permission from the lender. Therefore, as mentioned in the previous example, one room may be occupied by one person, or multiple people may also share the bedroom. For example, the borrower can put a bunk bed in one place to have two beds and use lockers with locks to manage the valuables. More, as long as the borrower has an “Agreement with the Share mates,” they can also feel free to buy or decorate what they want in the common areas, the users can enjoy their living with a lot of freedom about their house. Though, since when problems happen between Share mates, they will need to solve everything by themselves, and this decides to choose “who as Share mate” very important. Even though users will feel safe when they are Room Sharing with people they already know, there are also cases where they found their Share mate from the bulletin board on the internet. In this case, they will need to be careful since they do not know any of them in the beginning and there are chances for them to think “this kind of things should not happen,”
What kind of property should I choose to stay in?
When starting a Room Sharehouse
In Japan, there are not as many rental properties that allow people to do Room Sharing. This is because the landlord does not want to see the house become crude due to communal living, and also does not want Room Sharing to become the trouble of the nearby residents. Therefore, users cannot directly go to a real estate agency and rent a family type property if they want to do Room Sharing in Japan. It is essential for the users to tell the agency that they would like to do Room Sharing, and search for houses that the landlords are fine with Room Sharing. Besides, users should also note that in some cases, the deposit and money of Room Sharing Houses will be higher than living alone.
When looking for a property that has been Shared
When looking for a property that has been shared, it is best to search for a tenant on the internet bulletin board. Users will be able to search by narrowing down the conditions such as the area they want to live in, the type of property (Condominium, Apartment, or house), and the rent to pay. We recommend users to make a preview before deciding. In Room Sharing, users might get into trouble quickly if they do not understand questions such as, what kind of person is their share mate, the security of the property, rules of the Room Share, and more. We believe that if the users can check those conditions, they will be able to have a problem-free life with their Share mates in Room Sharehouse.
How is Room Sharing different from Sharehouse?
Non-Business Intervention Housing = Room Share
The most significant difference between Room Sharing and Sharehouse is whether or not there is an operating company or management company in it. In the case of Room Sharing, there is no operating company or management company involved in it. Therefore, the users need to maintain and decide the rules for using the house and cleaning together. More, when there is a Share mate who has to leave Room Sharing during the contract period due to a sudden transfer or more, the rest of the Share mates will need to discuss whether they should pay for the person's rent. For these reasons, it is essential to consider the possibly occurring problems and solutions before starting to Room Share. On the other hand, in the case of Sharehouse, the operating company or management company is involved in it, which means the property's rules have been set in advance. If any trouble occurs, the users can consult with the company. Also, the users will only need to pay for the rent of the room and the common areas, and they do not have to pay extra when someone moves out of the residence. Besides, a Sharehouse is usually a large property, which contains luxurious common areas such as gym, theater room, large dining room, the kitchen just like the café shop outside, and a library that users will not find in Room Share. Even though the operating company is the one recruiting tenants, the users will not be able to choose their Share mates. Still, because the operating company will often hold events to improve communication between the residents, there are more chances that people will be able to communicate with one another more often by living in the Sharehouse. We recommended Sharehouse to those who are looking for more communications with other people.
How is Room Sharing different from Guesthouse?
Non-Business Intervention Housing = Room Share
A Guesthouse is a form of accommodation. Compared to hotels or traditional Japanese inns, the price is low, as it contains dormitories (shared room), no amenity facilities, and shared toilets, shower rooms, kitchen, and more with other residents.
Room Share is not only accommodation but a residence. The users must sign a lease-related contract with the landlord before moving in to live with the share mate of their choice.
What kind of people are staying at a Room Sharehouse?
Many of the users who stay at a Room Sharehouse are students. Students will usually go to the same university they entered for four years until they graduate. In other words, students do not need to move to a new place before they graduate. Therefore, if students can share a room with their classmates, they will be able to spend their time where they graduated from university but have not yet gone into their next chapter of life, in a pleasant, inexpensive way and comfortable environment compared to living in general rental houses. On the other hand, when becoming a member of society, there might be chances where people will need to move in case of a sudden transfer, leave, or changing jobs. With this, there is a higher risk for them to get into trouble with their Share mate about the rent. For these reasons, a worker will most likely choose to stay at a Sharehouse with an operating company or management company rather than renting a Room Sharehouse.