Terminating your rental agreement

A rental agreement valid until further notice can be terminated to end either on the last day of the following month. The period of notice is 1 month.

You can give notice electronically by clicking the link below. This requires electronic identification using your online banking credentials. Please note that if the rental agreement is in the name of two persons, both must sign in to the service with their own online banking credentials. The tenants can give notice at the same time or independently. (The online notice form is first in finnish, but You can change the language at the top of the page.)

Online notice 

If you are unable to give notice electronically, you can print out a paper copy of a notice form.
Please deliver (send to address VAV Asiakaspalvelu, Veturikuja 7, 01300 Vantaa) the filled in and signed form to VAV’s office.

Period of notice

If you submit the notice form to VAV by the last day of the month before the closing time of VAV’s office, you have the option of terminating your tenancy on the last day of the following month. If the last day of the month is on a weekend or a holiday, the notice form must be delivered to VAV’s office before closing time on the last working day preceding the last day.

If you want your tenancy to end at the end of the next month, you must deliver your notice to VAV by the last day of the previous month at the latest. If the last day of the month is on a weekend or holiday, you can still deliver your notice on the working day following the last day of the month. If you are giving notice on a paper form, you must deliver it to VAV before closing time.

The rental agreement always ends on the last day of the following month.

The residence and storage room must be emptied and cleaned at the end of the tenancy. You can find detailed instructions for this here.

In case of a divorce

In the case of a divorce or common law marriage divorce, a court can designate the party with whom the rental agreement will be continued, regardless of the party who signed the rental agreement. In such a case, the court may relieve the other party of the liabilities arising from the rental agreement of the residence and order said party to move out of the apartment under threat of eviction.

Nonetheless, the simplest solution is for the parties to agree on which party will continue the tenancy. In such a case, the person moving out will terminate the rental agreement for their part, whereupon their obligations arising from the rental agreement will end in accordance with the normal one-month period of notice. However, it is not always possible to achieve consensus in the case of a divorce. In such situations, there is the above-mentioned option of submitting the case to a court by application.

In case of a death

If a tenant passes away, the estate is responsible for meeting the terms and conditions of the tenancy. The estate may terminate the rental agreement or continue it for the tenant’s spouse or child, or the parent of the tenant or their spouse.

If the estate does not want to continue the rental agreement or the person who leased the apartment together with the tenant will continue living in the apartment, the estate should terminate the rental agreement as soon as possible in order to be free of the obligations pursuant to the rental agreement. Such termination is subject to the normal period of notice.

Notice submitted by the estate requires the signature of each member of the estate or power of attorney from each member who has not signed the notice. In addition, an official certificate from the last domicile of the deceased stating the tenant’s date of death must be added to the notice as an appendix. The official certificate can be obtained from the church registry office of the tenant’s parish or a Local Register Office.

The spouse or child of the deceased tenant, who was living in the same apartment as the tenant or the parent of the deceased or the parent of the deceased’s spouse, shall have the right to continue the rental agreement, unless VAV has justified grounds for objecting to this. In such a case, the estate must notify VAV in writing, within three months of the death of the tenant, that the rental agreement must be continued. Once the notification has been submitted, liabilities as per the rental agreement will cease for the estate and be transferred to the new tenant.

Cancellation of a rental agreement

VAV Group has the right to cancel a rental agreement without a period of notice, if the tenant neglects their obligation to pay rent, illegally hands over the apartment to another person, uses the apartment for a reason than that stated in the rental agreement, allows behaviour in the apartment that causes a disturbance, or does not take good care of the apartment. We would like to remind you that the tenant is also responsible for the behaviour of their guests.

Inspection of the residence and return of the deposit

If you paid a deposit when moving in, VAV will return it in full provided that you have cleaned the apartment before moving out, returned all of the keys handed out to you to the maintenance company, the apartment only shows signs of normal wear and tear, and you have paid your entire rent and made other potential outstanding payments.  Further instructions on cleaning the apartment, as well as other things you need to remember before moving out, can be found here.

If the above conditions are met, the deposit will be returned to your account stated in the notice of termination within approximately one month of the termination of the tenancy.