Frequently asked questions
1. Who can apply for job-related housing?
This type of housing we offer is bound to employment with the City of Helsinki, and both permanent and fixed-term employees can apply. However, at least 50% of full-time working hours is required. Housing for employees of city of Helsinki is offered to employees of all of the City of Helsinki’s divisions, central administration and enterprises. Only HKL and Helsinki Service Centre provide their job-related themselves, and their employees may ask the employer’s HR unit for information on job-related housing. Job-related housing is offered in the specified order of priority.
2. I will be working for the City of Helsinki as a summer employee. Can I apply for job-related housing?
Yes, you can. Summer employees apply for housing along with all other applicants by completing the job-related housing application in the normal manner. If you are a summer employee, select “summer job” as the type of employment relationship in the application.
3. For how long can you live in a job-related housing?
The lease agreement made for job-related housing is valid until further notice and is bound to an employment relationship with the City of Helsinki. You can contact the Facility Services’ Rental Apartments unit directly concerning issues related to the lease (e-mail: email@example.com ).
4. How are the tenants selected?
5. What should I do after I get a housing offer?
6. I want to switch job-related housing. What should I do?
When living in job-related housing, you can apply for a different apartment along with all other applicants. You must have a justified reason for switching apartments, such as a health-related, financial or family-related reason. In the tenant selection, priority is given to employees in specified fields with labour shortages who do not yet have a job-related housing, and employees in fields with labour shortages who want to switch apartments are in the second priority category. You can apply to switch apartments when you have lived in your current job-related housing for at least a year.
7. When is the tenant selection made?
When a job-related housing apartment becomes available for application on the list of apartments, it has usually been renovated and is ready for moving in. You can apply for housing on an apartment-specific basis, and the average time that each apartment is available for application varies from a few days to slightly over a week. The tenant selection is made as soon as possible after there have been applications for the apartment.
8. Can I get an apartment if I am not on the list of prioritised job titles?
Possibly. If there are no applicants with job titles in the fields with labour shortages, the tenant is selected from among all the employees of the city who have applied for the apartment.
9. I have an urgent need for housing. Why haven't I received a housing yet?
In the tenant selection for job-related housing, priority is given to applicants who are moving to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area or are at risk of becoming homeless. We recommend that applicants focus their applications on as many locations or in as wide an area as possible. If applicants are only looking for housing in the inner city or in a few areas, we may not be able to offer them job-related housing in the desired time. We recommend that applicants also apply for other rental apartments and also submit an application for ARA rental apartments and non-subsidised apartments.
10. I want to update my application. What should I do?
You can add apartments to your active housing application from the apartment list by choosing new apartments and signing in to the E-services. Updating your application is also done in the E-services.
11. I turned down an offer for job-related housing — can I get a new housing offer?
If the apartment offered meets the criteria specified in the application and the applicant has no justified reason for turning down the offer, the applicant will not be given priority in subsequent tenant selections and may not necessarily receive a new housing offer. Justified reasons include a change in the applicant’s situation in life or cases in which the properties of the apartment are not as promised, including the lack of a lift or a non-accessible apartment.
12. How do I terminate a lease agreement? What is my period of notice?
You can give notice by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), after which the Premises Services will contact you. If you are not sure about your period of notice, you can contact the Premises Services.
13. Can I rent a furnished apartment or a room in a shared apartment?
There are some furnished rooms in shared housing in Etu- and Taka-Töölö. You can check the apartment list to see if there are any rooms available at the moment (see "soluhuone" in front of the address).
14. How do I report defects or repair needs in job-related housing?
15. I have a bad credit rating. Does this affect my chances of getting a housing offer?