Representative Council decided on amendments to housing regulations

The regulations were updated to comply with legislation and guidelines. The changes were also driven by the wish to target housing to AYY members. The new regulations will bring efficiency in rental operations and changes to residents’ democracy, among other things. The housing policy paper will be updated later on.
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What will change?

The housing regulations and the administrative regulation for halls of residence were merged into one housing regulation. With the changes, the names of the resident democracy bodies, for example, are in accordance with ARA’s recommendations. Housing offers will be better targeted at those who have the greatest and most urgent need for housing. As the guidelines are clarified, it will be faster to resolve changing situations during tenancy. Read more about the changes below! The revised regulations will be updated on AYY’s website as soon as possible.

Why are the regulations amended?

Housing regulations are modified to better correspond to ARA guidelines, the Act on Residential Leases and the Act on Joint Management of Rental Buildings. This is to ensure that residents' rights are fulfilled. In addition, the changes were driven by the wish to target housing to AYY members. The previous regulations allowed too many apartments to be rented to non-members. The duties of the renter are also more clearly transferred to employees, which streamlines rental operations. It will be faster to process tenants’ affairs and applications and to address changing situations during tenancy.

When will the changes enter into force?

The new housing regulations are valid from 1 November 2022, but some of the changes will take effect with a delay, as there is a transition period until 2023. The new regulation is followed in all matters where the information has been updated on the website and in the Domo system.

Changes in residents’ democracy will be made immediately — the 2023 resident democracy bodies will be elected according to the new regulations and legislation at residents’ meetings in November. The lease terms will be updated and the lease templates renewed approximately in the spring of 2023. System changes related to the resident selection have been prepared and will be implemented gradually in the resident selection process at the beginning of 2023. Other system changes will be implemented during 2023.

Amendment to the Act on Joint Management on the horizon

In addition to AYY’s amendments, the Act on Joint Management governing residents’ democracy, will be revised in early 2024. The new act supports and facilitates participation in residential activities and allows notices of meeting to be sent electronically, for example. The act also adds flexibility to residents’ democracy, such as the opportunity to use other electronic means of participation alongside meetings.

The new housing regulations will soon be updated on AYY’s website.

Further information:

Minna Merensilta, Service and Rental Manager
[email protected]
+358 40 654 637

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