Applying for apartment
At this stage, all you need to do is fill in an application form. We will ask you for copies of the documents required at the point when we make you a housing offer. Original documents submitted cannot be returned. The application form is in Finnish.
How to apply
Your application will be processed and included in the applicant selection process for apartments becoming vacant from the working day after the day on which it is submitted. Unfortunately we are not able to estimate the time you will have to wait for an apartment. Phoning VAV or contacting us in other ways will not speed up the wait. We are only able to offer apartments when existing tenants vacate them. Further information about the housing application process can be found here.
Applicants may only submit one application at a time. A new application will always cancel any previous active application. Submitting several applications will not make the process any quicker.
Changing your application
Your situation may change after you have submitted your application (e.g. contact details, income, and/or other changes in your living conditions). In the event of changes we request that you submit a new application. The new application must include all required information, not just the information that has changed.
Period of validity of the application
The application is valid for four months after the date on which the application is submitted and will expire automatically.
Income limits in Vantaa, Helsinki and Espoo
Starting from January 1st 2017, state-subsidized rental apartments in Vantaa, Helsinki and Espoo have an upper income limit. These apartments can be rented only to those applicants, whose monthly gross income is below the limit.
For a single-person household, the gross income limit is 3000 euros. For a household with two adults, their combined gross income cannot be more than 5 100 euros. For families with children, the first child raises the income limit by 650 euros, and each subsequent child raises it by 600 euros per child.
Below there are examples of the upper income limits for different-sized households:
|Household size||Income limit|
|1 adult||3000 €|
|1 adult & 1 child||3650 €|
|1 adult & 2 children||4250 €|
|2 adults||5100 €|
|2 adults & 1 child||5750 €|
|2 adults & 2 children||6350 €|
Upper limits for wealth in Vantaa
Wealth is calculated by combining the individual wealth of each individual in the applicant household.
|Household size||Wealth limit|
|1 person||52 000 €|
|2 persons||65 000 €|
|3 persons||86 000 €|
|4 persons||96 000 €|
If the applicant household is larger than four persons, the upper limit for wealth is raised by 10 000 euros for each additional person.
We will contact you by phone, e-mail or by letter when a suitable apartment is available. On receiving the housing offer you have a few working days to decide whether or not to accept the offer. Any offers of housing are conditional until the applicant has provided copies of all the documents requested by the date stated in the offer. Otherwise the apartment will be offered to the next applicant.
Credit ratings and unpaid rent
The credit details of all housing applicants will be checked in Suomen Asiakastieto Oy’s credit register before an offer of housing is made. Poor credit ratings are not an obstacle to obtaining accommodation if the entries are minor, or if on the basis of the applicant’s payment history it can be judged that the applicant has not repeatedly missed payments.
Apartments will not be offered to people who have unmanaged rent debts. The applicant must voluntarily provide VAV with evidence from the landlord of rent debts paid either when submitting the application or as soon as possible thereafter. Alternatively, the applicant may submit a payment plan drawn up with a reliable body (e.g. a debt advisor from the social services department) to manage his or her debts. Payment plans will be dealt with on a case by case basis.