This list will help you to remember all the important things when moving into your apartment.
Sign the tenancy agreement and pick up the keys
Sing your tenancy agreement and pick up the keys from the housing office when your lease begins. Depending on the location of your apartment you can either get your keys from PSOAS housing office downtown (southern property maintenance area) or PSOAS Lounge (northern property maintenance area). In the summertime 6.6. – 4.9 the keys can be picked up from Mannenkatu office.
The keys will give you access to your apartment as well as all the shared facilities. The key is personal and it must be used with extreme caution. If it gets lost, please contact the housing office immediately, because the lock of the apartment has to be changed for security reasons. The tenant is responsible for the costs of changing the lock. If you wish to have an extra key, it is possible to have it made through the accommodation office. When moving out also the extra keys must be returned.
Sign up for OmaPSOAS
Laundry and sauna turns and parking places can be reserved from the OmaPSOAS service. In addition PSOAS uses the contact information entered into the system for informing tenants. Register to OmaPSOAS at www.omapsoas.fi with your personal reference number after your lease has begun. Your OmaPSOAS username and password stay the same when you change the apartment inside PSOAS.
Submit the apartment report
After moving in check out the condition of the apartment and submit an apartment report within 4 days from moving at OmaPSOAS. By doing this you can make sure that you will not be held responsible for possible damages caused by the previous tenant. If there are damages that require immediate repairing please submit a fault report.
Send the notification of move
Remember to inform the Finnish Population Register Center about your new address. The easiest way to send the notification of move is to do it online on www.changeaddress.fi or www.posti.fi . It is also possible to do it by phone on 0203 456 456. If you forget to submit the notification of move it is not guaranteed that you will receive your mail in Finland!
Make an electricity contract
If you are living in a studio or a family apartment you need to choose a supplier for electricity and make a contract for the supply. The contract can be easily made online. The electricity will be billed by the electricity company. In shared apartments electricity is in most cases included in the rent. The exception is Paalikatu 13.
Remember to insure your personal belongings
If you have insurances in your home country, find out if they cover potential damages to your belongings abroad. In most cases PSOAS’ real estate insurances do not cover damages on the tenant’s property. An insurance costing only a few euros a month may save you thousands of euros.
Check out the fire alarm
In case a fire breaks out in the apartment every second is important. The room will be full of smoke in 2-3 minutes. The fire alarm reacts to smoke and wakes up the sleeping person. If there is no fire alarm in the room, the tenant is responsible for getting one. The tenant is also responsible for its functionality. The battery must be changed annually. When the battery is running out it gives short signals. Always keep the fire alarm ready, the smoke may also come from the apartment next to yours!
Open the Internet connection
A fixed Internet connection is available in all PSOAS apartments. The connection is offered together with the Internet service provider DNA. Read more about the Internet connection here.
Remember to pay your rent
The rent must be paid by the 5th day of each month using the personal rent payment form given by PSOAS. The rent always includes water (exception: Villentalo, Ylioppilaantie 2) and heating expenses.
Get to know your flat mates
Please remember to agree on ”common rules” with your flat mates. This will help you to keep the common areas in good condition and tidy as well.
Be careful when furnishing the apartment
When hanging objects on the wall fixing cleats found on the walls must be used. If there are no fixing cleats, a maximum of 2-3 proper fixing hooks can be attached in one room. Adhesive fixing hooks may only be used on tile surfaces of sanitary rooms. It is not allowed to fix objects on door or window frames. Breaking the surfaces of doors or closets is strictly forbidden. Fixtures must be left on their places when moving out.