In Vantaa, there is a wide range of homes at different prices available. On average, homes in Vantaa are more affordable than in Helsinki. In Vantaa, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy and explore nature. Public transport works well and all districts are safe to live in.
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In Vantaa, there are city-owned rental homes and private rental homes. A private rental home is often more easy to get than a city-owned rental home.
Prices of rental homes vary widely in Vantaa. The rent is affected by the size, location and condition of the home. Most homes with two rooms and a kitchen in Vantaa cost about EUR 700–1,000 per month, and most homes with three rooms and a kitchen cost about EUR 900–1,300 per month. The rents of city-owned rental homes are slightly lower than rents of private rental homes.
In addition to the rent, the occupant must also pay the electricity bill, water rate, home insurance and any internet connection. Before the start of the tenancy agreement, you must also pay the rent security deposit (vakuusmaksu), which is usually an amount corresponding to 1–3 months’ rent.
Private rental homes
A private landlord can be a company, an association or a person. There are many private landlords in Vantaa, the biggest ones are Lumo, Sato and Avara. In addition, many private persons own rental homes in Vantaa. It is possible to find a home quickly from a private landlord.
If you are a student, you can apply for a rental home through HOAS, the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region. If you are under 30 years old, you can apply for a home from the Finnish Youth Housing Association and Nuorisosäätiö.
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Rental homes owned by the City of Vantaa
City-owned rental homes are usually more affordable than homes rented out by companies and private persons. However, the wait may be long, and only some applicants get a home in the end.
The City of Vantaa’s rental homes are owned and rented out by VAV Asunnot Oy. You can submit an application on the website of VAV Asunnot Oy. An application is valid for four months, after that you need to do it again.
When occupants are selected for city-owned rental homes, those who urgently need housing are put first. The applicant’s income and assets are also considered because the homes are mostly meant for people on low income.
Buying a home
Real estate prices vary widely in Vantaa. The price is affected by the size, location, condition and age of the home. Most homes with two rooms and a kitchen in Vantaa cost about EUR 100,000–250,000, and most homes with three rooms and a kitchen cost about EUR 100,000–300,000. There are also cheaper and more expensive homes.
The InfoFinland page Buying a home contains a lot of information about buying a home in Finland.
What is a right-of-occupancy home (asumisoikeusasunto)? You can find the answer on the InfoFinland page Housing in Finland.
If you want to apply for a right-of-occupancy home in Vantaa, please apply for a queue number first. You can apply for a queue number online. You can also print out the application form and fill it in by hand.
After you have received a queue number, enquire about available homes from owners and developers. You can find their contact information on the City of Helsinki’s website. You can apply for a home in many different areas at the same time.
What is a shared-ownership home (osaomistusasunto)? You can find the answer on the InfoFinland page Housing in Finland. You can find shared-ownership homes through housing search websites on the Internet.
Waste and recycling
Not all waste can be put in the housing company’s waste containers. For example, furniture, electrical equipment and paint must be taken to a waste collection point. You can find the nearest recycling point through the kierrätys.info website.
You can find more information about sorting waste at home on the InfoFinland page Waste and recycling.
If you have difficulty paying your rent, you can ask for help from the City of Vantaa’s social advisors for housing. You can find their contact information on Vantaa’s website.
If you are homeless
If you are homeless or at risk of losing your home, contact the social services of the City of Vantaa. You can find their contact information on Vantaa’s website.
The social services of the City of Vantaa are intended for those who live or are registered as living in Vantaa.
If your home has been damaged
If your home has been damaged as a result of a fire or water damage, for example, home insurance can, in some cases, cover a part of the additional living expenses. Contact your insurance company immediately after the damage has occurred.
For more information about housing problems, see the InfoFinland page Housing problems.
Practical information on housing and moving
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