So recently I have been apartment hunting. The area I am looking for does not have a lot to choose from so I was just driving from building to building asking the guard.
At one place it was an old man renting the place. Everything was old, he had not renovated it from its inception im sure, but he wouldn’t budge on price and he started to walk away from me and my Taiwanese friend when we started discussing a possible reduction. He also said that if anything broke, IE refrigerator, washing machine, etc, it was my problem. I decided if he was going to be like that up front, he would not help if anything ever did go wrong.
Second apartment, nice a large 3 bedroom in a nice area. The landlord was a lady who seemed a bit troubled why a single guy wanted a large apartment for himself, I said that I liked the space. My local friend again called her to set up a second meeting, and she said she spoke to her brother who said that foreigners are trouble and that I would likely trash the place and leave without paying. I am not sure why they would be worried when they are getting 2 months up front in deposit, but she said she would think about it again. Today she called my friend to say that her brother convinced her that all foreigners are trouble.
I did not know that there was that much on the news that was anti foreigner, but my friend said the landlord referenced the news and “all the bad things foreigners are doing recently” as the reason she didn’t want me there.
A bit bummed but what can I do. I guess the situation is better than Japan, where I heard that it is darn near impossible for a foreigner to get an apartment to rent.