According to the Finnish law, the official moving day is the first working day of the month. This means that when you move in, your moving can overlap with the previous tenant moving out.
Retrieving the keys
You can get the key to your apartment from the housing office on the first working day after the lease begins. The keys cannot be retrieved from the office outside our opening hours. When you're picking up the keys, you'll need to show proper identification. You can also authorize another person to pick up the key for you.
Tenancy agreements with VOAS are usually signed electronically; either by identification with online bank or to a PDF file. Signing the agreement on paper is possible at our office; before this, you'll have to show your ID-card. If you wish to have a paper copy of your agreement, please contact our housing office.
Checking the apartment's condition
Check the condition of your apartment immediately after you have moved in. The link for the check card will be sent by email on the day when your agreement starts. You can also fill in and return the apartment check card, or by e-mail/paper. Please write down possible faults and deficiencies. This way you can make sure that you won't be responsible for possible damage caused by the previous tenant.
The previous tenant is responsible for the final cleaning. If the apartment has not been cleaned properly, please contact the office immediately. You should, however, prepare for minor cleaning such as wiping the floor and counter tops. If the apartment has been empty for a while, some dust is bound to occur.
When you move into a shared apartment, the chances are that someone is already living in the apartment. Please remember to introduce yourself to your roommate and be polite – the apartment is their home too! The other teanant probably has stuff in the apartment already, also in the joint area.
We advice you to communicate and come up with rules that you'll both be following in your everyday life in the apartment – cleaning, cooking, sharing items etc. This way you'll be able to live peacefully together.