Housing and health
The conditions in homes and public spaces must be such that they do not cause health hazards to people.
Control of health conditions in housing and public spaces in Helsinki is the responsibility of the Urban Environment Division's Environment services. The Environment services carries out health hazard inspections of apartments upon residents’ requests.
The Environment services' Environmental Health unit inspects public spaces (daycare centres, schools and other) on request by users and customers and performs systematic inspections.
If there is reason to suspect a health hazard in a home or a corresponding space for human activity, one should always first contact the property owner or manager.
The responsibility for investigating and correcting a hazard lies with the actor that has caused the hazard. In case of disagreement with the property owner on the existence of a hazard or correction need, the The Environment services can review the matter and inspect the space in its capacity as the municipal health authority.