On this site, you can find information on right-of-occupancy housing, applying for a queue number, searching for a dwelling and on new builds.
Right-of-occupancy housing is a cross between owner-occupied and rental housing that combines the best attributes of both forms. In the case of a right-of-occupancy dwelling, you pay the so-called right-of-occupancy fee, which is up to 15% of the dwelling’s original value. You will also pay a residence charge, similar to rent.
You can live in a right-of-occupancy dwelling for as long as you like. When you eventually move out of the dwelling, you will be refunded the right-of-occupancy fee you paid, adjusted by the building cost index.
You need a queue number to apply for a right-of-occupancy dwelling. Once you have received your queue number, you can submit applications for locations that interest you. The applicant who has the lowest queue number will receive the right-of-occupancy dwelling. The City of Helsinki maintains a queue number register, grants right-of-occupancy dwellings to applicants and confirms the right-of-occupancy fees to be refunded.
The tenant selection system for right-of-occupancy dwellings will move to fixed-term queue numbers and to a national queuing system. In the future, the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) will grant the queue numbers for the right-of-occupancy dwellings. The reform will enter into force on 1 September 2023, starting when you can apply for a new queue number. Current tenant selection queue numbers are valid until 31 December 2023.