Weigh more? Pay more in this rental apartment
In this complex in Osaka, Japan, you have a built-in incentive to get trim. Gain weight and your rent goes up, by about $10 a month. Lose and you'll save.
For the renter who wants everything, here's a special deal. Oak House, a Japanese apartment operator and guest house manager, offers group living for women with a twist: Your rent goes up or down with your weight.
The idea is to give renters a built-in incentive to get trim. Gain weight and your rent goes up, by about $10 a month. Lose and you'll save 10 bucks. Sorry, guys. It's is a ladies-only deal. The complex, called Lady Share House B&D, is in Osaka.
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The rent cost is figured by multiplying your weight in kilograms by 1,000 yen. A kilogram equals about 2.2 pounds, and 1,000 yen equals about $10.50. (Here is MSN Money's currency conversion calculator.) The minimum rent is 38,000 yen (around $400).
Renters are weighed every three months. The Tokyo Times offers this example: If you weigh in at 132 pounds (60 kilograms), you'll pay about $603 (60,000 yen) a month in rent. If you manage to drop 22 pounds (10 kilos) your rent drops too, to $502 a month.
According to Tokyo-based blog Rocket News, Oak House manages about 2,300 units. Only the two dozen residents of Lady Share House seem to get the weight-rent incentive.
Lady Share House B&D has an exercise studio with stationary bikes and gym equipment. A spa operates in conjunction with the complex, and tenants are offered free lectures on healthy eating and weight loss. In an odd bonus, residents are offered unlimited "free snacks and fizzy drinks."
Group living is unusual in Japan, the blog says. Apparently, housing women and men together is more common since, to increase market share, the company is touting its women-only complexes. In Oak House complexes, men and women live on separate floors, which Rocket News says appeals to women renters.
Shunned by some as being inconvenient and a hassle, others are being drawn to added-value properties featuring amenities such as yoga studios and home theater facilities. Oak House said there is a waiting list of 100 people at its most popular location.
The benefits of group living are becoming apparent in Japan. Rooms are furnished, a money-saving plus. And residents are not required to pay the typical "key money" deposit, equal to two months' rent. In theory, key money is refundable, Rocket News says. In reality, the deposit is usually eaten up by cleaning charges and other expenses.
From the tiny home movement to "capsule" apartments, so many innovative and even radical housing ideas begin in Japan, where costs for everything are astronomically high and people are forever trying to figure out how to save on housing. Check this list of the world's 15 most expensive cities: Four are in Japan.
Yo Nick: You seem to be filled with a lot of hatred towards women. Are you just a total failure
with women? Or, are you a closet gay who can't accept himself. You are so ****ed up!
This seems a bit strange. It doesn't seem like the tenant's weight should have anything to do with the rent, unless of course, they're doing it strictly as a gimmick. Now if it were plane fare... especially on a smaller plane where the weight really affects things, it might make more sense.
But maybe I'm just being silly and it's just for fun. In that case, it's their idea of fun and not mine, but what the hey.
.....fat people just can't admit they have NO willpower...............
5% of the US population has a medical reason for being overweight - ie:thyroid.
The other 95% are fat due to eating more calories than they burn which is in their control, however, they would rather eat more food and thus get fat. It's within your control, but it takes willpower to reduce caloric intake and you just don't have it!! Hard to admit - isn't it??
As far as the favorite comeback from the fatties: "I'm content with being fat".....you're kidding no one but yourself. Nobody was to be fat......looking trim and healthy is what any rational person wants. Ask any doctor what is preferred - normal weight or fat?!?