The City of Helsinki is Finland’s biggest landlord. The City owns over 56,000 housing units. One in six Helsinki residents lives in a rental unit, which amounts to about 90,000 residents.
City rental housing is highly sought after, because the units are reasonably priced. Units are located in nearly every part of the city.
Applying for City rental housing is free of charge and there are no handling fees. A tenant does not pay a deposit and does not give other guarantees.
An application for City rental housing can be made on the Stadin asunnot (City housing) pages.
The ownership and maintenance of City rental housing is organized through City-owned real estate companies. Most housing is managed by the housing company Helsingin kaupungin asunnot Oy (Heka). Other City real estate companies that own rental housing are Auroranlinna, Helsingin Asuntohankinta and Helsingin Korkotukiasunnot.