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.

By Marilyn Lewis Jul 25, 2013 1:06PM

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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©Peter Dazeley/Getty ImagesThe 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.

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Oct 15, 2013 11:59AM
That is why the United States has Fair Housing laws, I worry that our current President might want to change that.
Aug 11, 2013 1:36AM
It should not matter what a person weighs when they go to rent an apartment. How are they going to enforce it? Have every potential renter weigh themselves at the rental office? This is just going way too far. Thank god in the United States, they judge you by rental, criminal and credit history.  Japan is as screwed up as China is.  What if someone is physically challenged and in a wheelchair? How are they going to enforce it then?  What if the person is confined to their wheelchair and cannot maneuver themselves onto the scale? Grow up Japan and let people do what they want.
Jul 27, 2013 11:03PM
costs a lot of money to fix floors because of fatasses walking on them.last two bombs that was dropped over there was full of miracle grow, this time use salt peter and bananas
Jul 27, 2013 9:13PM
This is hogwash.. Recently I lost 86 lbs since last November, however I still would be larger than most other women so I would have to still pay more.. No matter what weight you are, rental fees should remain the same for similar type housing... So what, if a woman is pregnant and gains weight, for 8 months or more her rent goes up, than after the baby is born and she looses weight, it goes down.. Preposterous!!!  The world has gone absolutely bonkers about judging others on weight and size.
Jul 27, 2013 2:00PM
Just more of the insane getting their fifteen minutes of fame..........................
Jul 27, 2013 8:00AM

Thats great and the is more great check now.

Jul 27, 2013 5:06AM
Here's the irony - I have always been very thin - as a result, I am always cold, and so I have a higher heating bill!
Jul 26, 2013 7:43PM

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!

Jul 26, 2013 1:56PM

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.

Jul 26, 2013 1:02PM
Let face it folks, Japan is crazy!   This is  the same thing like China with One Child Max per family.  It is discrimination, too tall, too short, too ogly, too pretty,  Big boobs, no boobs, big mouth. 
Jul 26, 2013 10:28AM
If they did that here in Wisconsin...there would be a lot of homeless women.
Jul 26, 2013 10:15AM
you couldn't get to live in japan.that sucks
Jul 26, 2013 7:53AM
My landlord has achieved the same results but by opposite means...he's raised the rent so high that I can't afford groceries and the pounds are just dropping off!
Jul 26, 2013 5:56AM

.....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?!?

Jul 26, 2013 4:29AM
I love all people, unless they are mean.
Jul 25, 2013 11:09PM
As an over weight half Japanese woman I am so irritated by everyone's judgment on obese people, I was exposed to high levels of radiation in the womb and was born with almost no metabolism. At 30 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and my weight went through the roof after they took my thyroid out. Screw you @$$holes, you are ignorant, shallow, and selfish, judgmental people and should be ashamed at yourselves for being so damn mean!
Jul 25, 2013 10:58PM
If you know or were ever married to a Japanese, you already know they are odd. My Japanese husband thought he knew everything and was always criticizing me to make me 'perfect'--good luck with that. I finally got rid of 120 lbs. of ugly fat by divorcing him.
Jul 25, 2013 10:44PM
Looks like the **** has already started! I like how they word it as if it's some kind of BONUS to have to pay extra should you unwittingly eat an extra handful that month. Hell... give it a few years an you'll get the option of paying less in a month should you take a few less breaths. Yep, soon they'll be taxing air you breath, and half of you idiots will be clapping for it.
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