Deposit is the tenant’s guarantee on that he or she will take care of their obligations and takes good care of their apartment. The deposit is 300 € /tenant in shared apartments and 400 € in studios and family apartments. The deposit must be paid before the tenancy agreement can be signed.

An invoice for the deposit is sent together with the housing offer. In order to accept the offer please pay the deposit before the due date and confirm your acceptance by sending an e-mail to If the deposit remains unpaid after the due date the offer is no longer valid.

Instructions for paying the deposit

You can choose to make a bank transfer from your bank account or use Transfermate, an online money transfer service. Transfermate is recommended if you’re coming from outside the SEPA region (

All the information you need for the payment is provided on a separate deposit invoice (attachment) that is sent to you together with the housing offer.  If you are unsure how to make the payment from your bank account please ask your bank office for assistance. If you decide to send the money via Transfermate just go to and fill in all the details needed for the transfer.

Please use the reference number provided on the deposit invoice when paying! Using the reference number is crucial for the registration of payment.

Refunding the deposit

When you move out the the deposit will be refunded within a month from ending of the lease. For example if your agreement ends in May, the deposit will be refunded during June. The refunds start in mid month and unfortunately an exact date for the refund cannot be provided. In order to get your deposit back you have to inform us your banking details. To do so, please submit a deposit refund form here. Please notice that if you have not informed us your banking details in time the refund may get delayed.

The deposit will be refunded completely, if all the payments have been made, the apartment is in good condition and have been cleaned according to the instructions and the keys have been returned to PSOAS office. If the tenant has moved out, but the apartments needs cleaning or there are items in the apartment which need to be cleared out, or the tenant hasn’t returned the keys or made all the payments, the costs of these are deducted from the deposit. Minimum charge for cleaning is 50 € which consists of both the actual cleaning and the administrative work.

If the bank account is located in a non-SEPA country (Single Euro Payments Area) the Finnish bank will charge 30 € for the international wire transfer. The receiving bank may also charge for the transfer. Therefore the exact amount the tenant receives may be something else than the original amount even if no deductions are made by PSOAS. Please also notice that transfers to non-SEPA countries usually take a few weeks to arrive.