Frequently asked questions
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR HOUSING?
Guidance in this is provided by the staff at Vaso's office. The applications may also be filled in and submitted via our website: www.vaso.fi/hakeminen
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON AVAILABLE HOUSING?
Available housing targets are shown our website: www.vaso.fi. When looking for housing, you are also advised to submit your application to our office. When you do that, we save your application in our system and then we can send you a purchase offer automatically when a housing option matching your needs becomes available. You can choose to receive our purchase offers either by e-mail or as letters. Housing applications can be filled in and submitted via our website: www.vaso.fi We do, of course, provide information on available housing options at our office.
IS IT POSSIBLE AT SOME POINT IN TIME TO ACTUALLY BUY AND TO OWN THIS KIND OF HOUSING?
No, it is not. A right-to-occupancy agreement entitles the resident to a right of possession, which can be passed on to the resident's family member.
ARE ALL THE RIGHT-OF-OCCUPANCY HOUSING OPTIONS FAMILY DWELLINGS?
They range from one-room flats to six-room apartments.
ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS TO GETTING RIGHT-OF-OCCUPANCY HOUSING?
There are no income limits attached to right-of-occupancy housing. Applicants under the age of 55 years are subject to financial status limits. The applicant may not have financial resources exceeding half of the market value of the housing option applied for. Moreover, the applicant may not own such a housing unit in the same area as matches the applicant's needs. Information on the precise euro-denominated limits is always available from our office.
WHAT DOES THE RIGHT-OF-OCCUPANCY RUNNING NUMBER MEAN AND WHAT IS IT NEEDED FOR?
The right-of-occupancy running number is an applicant-specific number. If there is more than one applicant applying for the same housing option, the applicant with the smallest number takes precedence. The running number is issued by the local district within whose district the available housing is located. Application forms are available at our website: www.vaso.fi
If you wish to check to see whether you already have a running number, the contact details of the various local districts' housing departments are shown on our website. The running number is deemed to have been "used up" when the applicant has received housing based on it and the right-of-occupancy agreement has been signed.
HOW LONG DOES ONE NEED TO WAIT TO BE OFFERED HOUSING?
It is impossible to give precise waiting time as this depends, among others, on the applicant's running number. The kind of housing option you are applying for and its location also impact on the waiting time. Often we are able to meet applicants' needs quite quickly, but certain housing targets involve long waiting periods. The available housing options vary almost daily
IS RIGHT-OF-OCCUPANCY HOUSING MORE EXPENSIVE THAN A RENTING OR ACTUALLY BUYING ONE'S HOME?
When comparing living costs, it is important to take into account all of the quality factors of the housing option, i.e. the level of equipping/furnishings, location and risks related to the form of ownership/occupancy.
CAN I KEEP PETS IN THE OFFERED HOUSING?
You can keep all such "normal pets" that do not disturb the neighbours or cause damage to the property.
HOW MUCH IS THE RIGHT-OF-OCCUPANCY FEE?
The right-of-occupancy fee varies from 5,000 to 47,000 euros. This depends on factors such as the size of the housing option, its location, and age.
WHAT OTHER CHARGES ARE THERE?
There is a security deposit amounting to 2 months' use charge use, which is refunded when you move away. During the period of occupancy, the resident pays a monthly charge for use, which in all Vaso housing options includes the water rate/ advance fee and a charge for the broadband connection. The parking fee is also included at many locations.
ARE WATER AND ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION ALSO INCLUDED THE CHARGE FOR USE?
The resident pays separately for the electricity consumption according to consumption. Vaso's policy is to hold bidding competitions in order to get the best prices. The water rate/ advance are always included in the charge for use. Flat-specific water meters are installed at nearly all of the locations.
DOES VASO CARRY OUT THE REPAIRS?
Vaso bears the responsibility for the maintenance of the housing property. The housing is offered to the new resident in a tidy state, and consequently light remodelling is carried out before the new resident moves in.
CAN I AS A RESIDENT REMODEL A VASO HOUSING UNIT ANY WAY I LIKE?
Yes, we recommend that everyone does what is necessary to make themselves feel at home. Before starting to remodel, you should, however, consult with Vaso's building manager and seek his approval.
WHO CARRIES OUT THE MAINTENANCE WORK AND YARD WORK OF THE HOUSING COMPANY?
As a rule, the maintenance work is attended to by an external maintenance company, but the residents also have the choice of doing this themselves.
RESIDENT DEMOCRACY... IS THERE SUCH A THING?
Vaso residents have good opportunities for influencing matters. Vaso's board of directors always has two residents' representatives. The resident committees of each housing property hold meetings resident meeting at least twice a year.
WHO OWN VASO COMPANY?
The City of Turku owns 56.7% of the company. The rest of the company's shares are owned by the neighbouring local districts and construction companies.
CAN I MOVE FROM ONE HOUSING UNIT TO ANOTHER?
The aim continues to be to make moving from one right-of-occupancy unit to another as easy as possible. First the resident wishing to move needs to get a new right-of-occupancy running number issued to him/her. This number is worth applying for even if the intended swap is not in the immediate future. Once a suitable housing alternative is found, the current right-of-occupancy fee is transferred to the new target. If the right-of-occupancy agreement has been mortgaged, the move to the new location needs to be arranged with the mortgagee. A precondition for the exchange is that the obligations connected to the present housing option have been attended to and that the resident has not caused any disturbances.
HOW DOES ONE MOVE AWAY FROM A RIGHT-OF-OCCUPANCY HOUSING UNIT AND WHEN IS THE DEPOSITED RIGHT-OF-OCCUPANCY FEE REFUNDED?
The handing-over period (= period of notice) in right-of-occupancy housing is 3 months starting on the day when this notice is received at Vaso. The handing-over notification needs to be made in writing. The right-of-occupancy fee and security deposit will be refunded once the handing-over period has ended. The right-of-occupancy fee to be returned is always at least as much as what the resident has paid on moving in. Preconditions for this are that the final inspection has been carried out in the housing unit and that the keys have been returned to the building manager. The original right-of-occupancy agreement also needs to be returned to Vaso. The right-of-occupancy fee will reach the customer's bank account (or, in the case of mortgaging, the bank's clearing account) after a few days following the termination of the period of occupancy.