Foreigners Selling Japanese Real Properties
Many minor points, including seller identification and affidavits, may take more time than buying, so please take care in advance.
Moreover, it is necessary to pay attention to the delivery of the price and taxes after the sale, compared to regular sales between Japanese citizens.
Please feel free to consult with us.
When a Foreigner Residing in Japan is the Seller
Particular attention is required when a foreigner residing in Japan has moved after purchasing the real property.
Due to a legal amendment, a Certificate of Residence (Jyumin-hyo) will be issued to foreign nationals residing in Japan as of July 9, 2012. Local governments will no longer issue Certificates of Registered Matters. However, due to the legal amendment, a Certificate of Residence could not prove any transfer of address before July 8, 2012. So that if you have not registered a change of address that happened before July 8, 2012, you must submit your alien registration card to the Japanese Legal Affairs Bureau.
Note: If you only moved to a new address on or after July 9, 2012, your Certificate of Residence is enough.
However, since the local governments are no longer possible to issue Certificates of Registered Matters as before, you must request the Ministry of Justice for disclosure of your Alien Registration Card (Gaikokujin-touroku-genpyo) on your own, and it usually takes about a month or more.
Please be aware that recently, multiple cases where the handover date of real properties has been postponed due to the inability to receive the Alien Registration Card in time.