On this site you can find information on job-related housing for employees of the City of Helsinki. We provide job-related housing, especially for workers in the labour shortage sectors.
The rent determination model for the City of Helsinki’s job-related housing has changed, and the rents are approximately 10% lower than earlier. The new rents will come into effect in new tenancy agreements from 1 September 2022.
The change will also affect existing tenancy agreements, reducing the rents that are higher than the new rent level. In practice, tenants will receive a proposal to either change the terms of the tenancy agreement or sign a completely new agreement in order to have the rent revised downwards from 1 January 2023.
In the case of agreements where the rent is lower than the new target rent, the pressure to increase the rent will be reduced. These rents will be revised in accordance with the current terms and conditions of the agreement.
Job-related housing is bound to employment with the City of Helsinki. The apartments have a non-fixed-term lease agreement and do not require a rent security deposit.
Job-related housing is located in different parts of Helsinki. Most of the housing consists of studio or two-room apartments, but there are also three- and four-room apartments and furnished rooms in shared apartments. The rent per square metre varies from €15.94 to €25.35 per month depending on the size and location of the apartment.
When you live in city-owned job-related housing, it is possible that you are receiving a taxable housing benefit, which is visible on your payslip and is considered as income together with your salary.
The Tax Administration issues annual decisions on the value of various employee benefits. Please check the effect of any housing benefit on your withholding tax percentage on the Tax Administration website. This way, you can avoid unpleasant tax consequences afterwards.
The housing benefit calculator for job-related housing is also available on the Vuokraturva website.