Housing developer's Hitas guidelines

Hitas production is non-subsidised owner-occupied housing production, which is always built on plots leased by the city. The city regulates the price and quality level of projects and the sale of the housing. In practice, Hitas regulation is carried out through terms included in the projects’ plot reservation decisions, land lease agreements and Articles of Association, as well as through a commitment signed by the developer. From the developer’s point of view, the parties involved in the Hitas process from the city are the Hitas regional working group and the Hitas working group, as well as the Urban Environment Division’s Plots Unit, Building Control Services, Housing Services and Premises Services.

The most important tasks related to Hitas in chronological order

  • Present the project to the Hitas regional working group.
  • Finalise the plans and submit them to the Hitas working group for processing.
  • Sign the developer’s Hitas commitment and deliver it to the plots unit before short-term rental of the plot.
  • Read the terms and conditions set out in the commitment, the land reservation decision and the land lease agreement.
  • Submit an application for a building permit to the Lupapiste (permit point) service.
  • Receive the decision of the Head of the Housing Services unit on the plans for the preparation of the building permit.
  • After putting the contract to tender, prepare a purchase value proposal for the Hitas working group.
  • Receive the decision of the Head of the Housing Services unit on the purchase value.
  • Sign a long-term lease agreement for the plot and submit the Articles of Association for review by the Plots unit.

  • information on the application period
  • application instructions
  • sales price list
  • Articles of Association.

  • announce the application period on your website.

  • an invitation to the draw event.

  • Submit the record of draws and its appendices to Housing Services.
  • Keep the record of draws, apartment-specific draw results, and dates of offers, acceptances, and refusals of the right to buy


  • Inform Housing Services when the sale is to be concluded.
  • Inform Housing Services of the buyers’ personal ID codes, draw positions and whether they are a family with children.
  • Check the possible Hitas ownerships of all buyers from Housing Services.

  • Ask the buyers to sign the Hitas ownership attachment of the deed of sale.
  • Review and keep the necessary attachments from buyers who are families with children.
  • Make sure that the deed of sale mentions the processing of personal data.

  • the purchase deeds and Hitas ownership attachments (the ownership and price information of the deed are registered in the Hitas information system).

  • a letter with moving information, stating the date of completion of the housing company
  • deeds of sale of the new tenants’ Hitas holdings subject to the sale condition.

You will receive information from the Housing Services unit if the buyer has submitted an application for additional time.

Different types of Hitas projects

The city monitors Hitas companies by purchasing shares entitling them to control one apartment in each major new builduing. There are four types of Hitas projects:

Hitas I

All major new buildings are Hitas I projects. The city becomes a shareholder of the housing company by purchasing the shares entitling it to control one apartment.

Hitas II

Hitas II projects are fairly small companies that usually have fewer than 20 apartments. The city does not become a shareholder in Hitas II projects.


The plots are given in areas where there is no significant difference between the building costs of housing and the local market price level. The production method, the first debt-free sale price and the sale of the homes are regulated, but resale prices are not. The city does not become a shareholder in semi-Hitas projects.

Group construction projects

Group construction projects differ from the traditional construction model, for example, in the ownership of housing. The guidelines for group builders describe the measures after the decision approving the purchase value. The guidelines also include the Hitas attachment, which all signatories to the group construction commitment must fill in and sign.

Group builder's Hitas guidelines (word in Finnish).

The city does not become a shareholder in group construction projects.