The Student Housing Foundation in Vaasa centralises maintenance to Are
  • The Student Housing Foundation in Vaasa centralises maintenance to Are

    The Student Housing organisation in Vaasa centralises maintenance of its real estates to Are Oy. According to the contract Are Oy takes care of the technical maintenance and maintenance of the technical building systems of VOAS estates. The arrangement will be executed as a transfer of a firm and one VOAS employee will transfer to Are.

    VOAS is a significant real estate owner and developer in Vaasa. VOAS’s over hundred estates can accommodate 2685 residents. One in five students living in Vaasa lives in a VOAS apartment.

    – We have developed the management of our estates during 2022 as it is included in our strategy. The result of our developmental work is to centralise the indoor maintenance of the apartments to Are. Are’s responsible way of working and their built-in culture of continuous development and openness were important factors in negotiations, says VOAS Executive Director Marko Ylimäki,

    Are will take care of small repairs inside apartments and apartment checks after the tenant has moved out. There are approximately 1500 apartment checks annually.

    – We have been partners with VOAS for several years and it is a great sign of trust to expand the partnership. In continuous collaboration we can develop the estates and energy efficiency together, says Are Services Unit Director in Ostrobothnia, Markus Hämäläinen.

    More information:
    Are Oy, Unit Director Markus Hämäläinen,, p.050 461 1848
    VOAS sr. Executive Director Marko Ylimäki,, p. 050 521 0534


    Are logo

    Are is Finland’s largest building services company. We offer life-cycle building services contracting and property maintenance services that ensure customers have energy-efficient premises and pleasant indoor conditions.

    Are Group was founded over 100 years ago and employs approximately 3,500 people all over Finland and Sweden.


    VOAS logo

    The student foundation in Vaasa has offered homes for students in Vaasa for 50 years. We are an independent, non-profit foundation offering economical, quality student living in Vaasa. Now we can accommodate almost 2700 residents. In addition to that we rent office spaces, business spaces and day care premises. Our annual revenue is approximately 10,4 million euros.