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Information about the renovation of Jämeräntaival 3, 5, 7

The complete renovation of the Jämeräntaival 3, 5, 7 property continues. The whole renovation project is estimated to be completed in the summer of 2019.

The renovation of Jämeräntaival 5 C will be finished by the end of April 2018. AYY will start making housing offers for these apartments during March 2018.

Instructions for residents:

Living in the property will be impossible during the renovation work. Due to the renovation work, the rental contracts of residents and users will have to be terminated in stages. In the terminations, the termination period that is in accordance with the Tenancy Act shall be complied with, which is 6 months on the part of the lessor. AYY seeks to offer residents whose contracts are being terminated the possibility to move to a comparable flat in the Teekkari Village. The resident can decide whether they want to apply for another AYY flat or arrange their accommodation themselves in some other way after the termination.

For transfer applications, one additional queue point shall be given upon the decision of the Board of AYY, so that they are first in the queue. The additional point is valid until the applicant has received an offer for a shared flat or a flat that corresponds to the terminated one and as long as the need for accommodation is urgent due to the complete renovation. If you turn down the first accommodation offer, you will be treated as a normal accommodation seeker after that.

Residents can also apply for other flats of AYY. However, no additional points will be granted for other accommodation queues due to the renovation, but instead they will be scored in accordance with the normal rules. An exception to this is residents who live in a one-bedroom flat, but who are applying for a shared flat. The additional points for an urgent need for accommodation will be granted normally on the basis of termination done by the lessor for the queues where the additional points in question are in use.

  • When you have received notice of termination on the basis of a complete renovation, you can apply for a replacement flat from AYY.
  • Make an application in the normal way in the queue of the domo system.
  • State in the attachment to the application that you are seeking a replacement flat due to a complete renovation.
  • At the same time, make sure that the e-mail address is correct in the system! We recomment using your aalto.fi -email.
  • A possible accommodation offer will be sent by e-mail.

If necessary, you can ask for further information from the housing office asuntotoimisto(at)ayy.fi

You can ask for more information about the complete renovation from the Construction Foreman of AYY, Hannes Helminen hannes.helminen(at)ayy.fi

New Housing Regulations enter into force on the 1st of March 2018

The AYY Representative Council decided about changes to the Housing Regulations at its meeting on Thursday, the 22nd of February 2018. The changes relate particularly to the conditions about the period of validity of the housing applications, reacting to housing offers, and the secondary leasing of apartments.

One significant change from the applicant’s point of view is the reduction of the period of validity of the housing applications from six months to three months. The change applies to new housing applications made on and after the 1st of March 2018, meaning that applications made before this date are valid for six months as stated in the old Housing Regulations. The validity period of these applications will be changed to three months when the applicant renews their application. The Domo system will still remind you via email about renewing your application well in time before the application expires.

Another significant change from the applicant’s perspective is the effect that receiving a housing offer has on the housing applications. Currently, when the applicant rejected the housing offer or let it expire, all the applicant’s housing applications for all housing groups, except the one that the housing offer pertained to, were returned to the queue. On the other hand, if the applicant accepted the housing offer, they were given the possibility to return only two housing groups to the queue. With the change to the Housing Regulations, the applicant may return their application to three housing groups (chosen freely by the applicant), regardless of whether or not they have accepted the housing offer or let it expire. The change will enter into force on the 1st of March 2018, and it concerns all applicants. Therefore, all applicants should now make sure that their housing applications only include apartments that they are willing to accept in order to prevent a situation where the applicant receives an unwanted housing offer, after which they can only return three housing groups to the queue.

Another change related to housing applications is the redefinition of neighboring municipalities in the scoring instructions. Neighboring municipalities include Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen, and applicants living outside these municipalities can have an urgency point added to their application for shared apartments.

The Housing Regulations were also modified to better adapt to the students’ changing life situations. In the future, you can secondary lease your apartment also to people who are not members of AYY from October to March for the duration of your exchange studies, internship done abroad, JOO studies conducted outside the neighboring municipalities, or military or voluntary military service. However, you are compensated for your right of residence only in cases where the secondary tenant is a member of AYY. Conducting JOO studies outside the neighboring municipalities will also entitle you to compensation for your right of residence.

For friend apartments, the Housing Regulations were changed so that you can continue living in a friend apartment as long as at least one of the tenants is a member of AYY with a valid right of residence. You can also apply for a friend apartment with a friend who no longer has a valid right of residence but who is still a member of AYY.

Information about the renovation of Jämeräntaival 3, 5, 7

The complete renovation of the Jämeräntaival 3, 5, 7 property is on schedule. Tenants have already moved to their apartments in Jämeräntaival 7 B and C, final finishes for the apartments in Jämeräntaival 7 A are made in the beginning of February. The whole renovation project is estimated to be completed in the summer of 2019.

Instructions for residents:

Living in the property will be impossible during the renovation work. Due to the renovation work, the rental contracts of residents and users will have to be terminated in stages. In the terminations, the termination period that is in accordance with the Tenancy Act shall be complied with, which is 6 months on the part of the lessor. AYY seeks to offer residents whose contracts are being terminated the possibility to move to a comparable flat in the Teekkari Village. The resident can decide whether they want to apply for another AYY flat or arrange their accommodation themselves in some other way after the termination.

For transfer applications, one additional queue point shall be given upon the decision of the Board of AYY, so that they are first in the queue. The additional point is valid until the applicant has received an offer for a shared flat or a flat that corresponds to the terminated one and as long as the need for accommodation is urgent due to the complete renovation. If you turn down the first accommodation offer, you will be treated as a normal accommodation seeker after that.

Residents can also apply for other flats of AYY. However, no additional points will be granted for other accommodation queues due to the renovation, but instead they will be scored in accordance with the normal rules. An exception to this is residents who live in a one-bedroom flat, but who are applying for a shared flat. The additional points for an urgent need for accommodation will be granted normally on the basis of termination done by the lessor for the queues where the additional points in question are in use.

  • When you have received notice of termination on the basis of a complete renovation, you can apply for a replacement flat from AYY
  • Make an application in the normal way in the queue of the domo system
  • State in the attachment to the application that you are seeking a replacement flat due to a complete renovation
  • At the same time, make sure that the e-mail address is correct in the system!
  • A possible accommodation offer will be sent by e-mail

If necessary, you can ask for further information from the housing office asuntotoimisto(at)ayy.fi

You can ask for more information about the complete renovation from the Construction Foreman of AYY, Hannes Helminen hannes.helminen(at)ayy.fi

The coolest wall painting competition is here again

The coolest wall painting competition is here again! The Campus Section wants to encourage AYY members who live in shared or friends apartments to work together for a nicer living environment. AYY offers up to 200 euros to use at the hardware store Stark for each dorm for painting supplies.

The competition begins on 16.10.2017 and ends 10.12.2017.

The winners will be announced at the Village Christmas party on 13.12.2017, and there are some amazing prizes in store!
1. place: AYY sauna space with refreshments, a 300€ gift card to a furniture store and a weekly sauna reservation for a year
2. place: A 300€ gift card to a furniture store and a weekly sauna reservation for a year
3. place: A 300€ gift card to a furniture store and a weekly sauna reservation for a year

To participate, you should document your working and final painting by photos or videos and send the material to the Campus Section either on Facebook or to the e-mail address kampusjaosto@list.ayy.fi by 10.12.2017. It should be clear from the documentation that at least two tenants have been active in the work.

Evaluation criteria: Creativity and beauty of the painting, community spirit and identity of the apartment along with the level of participating the tenants of the apartment.

Rules on painting walls in AYY apartments: https://ayy.fi/en/housing/instructions/tuning-of-ayys-apartments/
It is prohibited to paint the floor or ceiling.
It is prohibited to paint heaters, sockets or skirtings.
It is prohibited to paint doors and window frames.
Use only water-soluble indoor paints that can easily be painted on top of.
No inappropriate subject-matter. In the case of lewd paintings, AYY will cover the painting with white.

Take part in the competition by signing up in the AYY form system:https://lomake.ayy.fi/asuminen/seinamaalaus/
You can pick up your payment slip from the AYY housing office 24 hours after you have signed up, and then start painting! Remember to check the office’s opening hours.

WHAT: Coolest wall painting competition
WHERE: AYY shared and friends apartments
WHEN: 16.10.2017 – 10.12.2017
WHY: Because of art, home and prizes!

The effects of the general housing allowance on rental agreements

The transition to general housing allowance has caused difficulties for students living together, since students living under joint lease agreements are interpreted by Kela as a single household. This means that students who live together apply for housing allowance together, and the allowance is determined by their total income. As a solution to the problem, many students have drafted separate lease agreements or changed to a main tenant/subtenant arrangement.

In the private rental market, lessors seldom agree to make separate contracts for tenants, since from the lessor’s point of view, it is simpler and safer for the whole group to jointly pay for the rent. For AYY, making separate contracts is challenging, as it would practically require installing locks on the doors of bedrooms of two-room apartments and larger apartments, in which case living would resemble that in a shared apartment. The problem with this procedure is the gradual transformation of 2-room apartments (and larger apartments) into shared apartments. When a tenant would move out of an apartment shared by friends, AYY would pick the first person in the shared apartment queue to replace them if the conditions for a friend swap are not fulfilled. Consequently, apartments used as friend apartments would gradually become regular shared apartments. As a mode of living, shared apartments are not the preferred choice for many tenants, and they are seen rather as the last option and as a temporary housing solution. “Shared-apartmentization” would also be a challenge for AYY as a lessor, as tenant turnover is high in shared apartments, and each moving to and from an apartment causes wear and tear on the apartment, and the failure to maintain common facilities is a very common problem in shared apartments that keeps the housing office and the real estate sector busy. AYY will modify its housing stock through renovations so that shared apartments will be replaced by, for example, studio rooms in shared apartments, so that the apartments can better match the housing needs of students.

With AYY, applying for an apartment is based on a transparent queuing system governed by the housing regulation. The queuing system has been created so that there are no unjustified shortcuts; for example, a person who is not already a principal tenant in an AYY apartment cannot be suggested as a candidate for a friend swap. As a result, the transformation of apartments with two or more rooms into shared apartments cannot be prevented within the framework of the current regulation by allowing all friends to move to an apartment in a friend swap. All applicants for AYY’s apartments are equal, and the housing queue cannot be ignored just because a room would become free in an apartment shared by friends and the applicant knows one of the tenants.

According to the housing regulation, AYY’s two-bedroom and larger flats cannot be applied for alone. This means that AYY cannot, under the present regulation, allow a main tenant/subtenant arrangement to be carried out, where a two-room or bigger apartment would be leased to one of the principal tenants, who could then take anybody as their subtenant. In addition, living in AYY’s apartments has been considered as a member benefit, meaning that AYY has sought to provide housing to as many AYY members as possible. In a main tenant/subtenant arrangement, AYY cannot control whom the apartments are sub-leased to, meaning that the proportion of AYY’s tenants would likely decrease. Also, a main tenant/subtenant arrangement does not automatically guarantee that the tenants would form their own households according to KELA and thus be granted their own housing allowances.

 

AYY aims to make its friend and family apartment agreements more equal so that in the future, all residents of a friend apartment would be able to reside in the apartment for as long as at least one resident has a valid right of residence. Additionally, AYY is currently developing the possibility of seeking shared apartments together, allowing friends to live in the same apartment with separate leases. The housing regulation will also be reviewed and updated extensively next year, so changes in the subject matter are possible.

 

For further information, please contact Onni Lampi, Member of the Board (email: onni.lampi@ayy.fi, tel: 050 520 9444).

Changes in 2017 regarding general housing allowance as an AYY tenant

Students will be moved under the general housing allowance on the 1st of August 2017, meaning that the entire household’s income will affect the amount of the allowance. Below you can find the specific instructions for applying. The instructions apply to AYY tenants.

Shared apartment or a furnished shared apartment

AYY is drafting personal rental agreements to shared apartments, meaning that each tenant forms their own household. If you live in a shared apartment, apply for housing allowance alone. The income of other tenants does not affect the amount of received housing allowance.

 

Studio or a studio in a shared apartment

If you live alone in a studio or a studio in a shared apartment, your household only consists of you alone. People living in studios in shared apartments are not affected by the income of other tenants. People living alone apply for housing allowance alone.

If, however, you share a studio or a studio in a shared apartment with someone else, you consist of a shared household. Kela will always decree these households to be cohabiting, and the income of each person will affect the allowance. Apply for the allowance jointly.

 

Duplex, Three-room apartments and four-room apartments

 

Current situation

AYY is making friend- and family rental agreements to duplexes and three-and four-room apartments, which all have shared responsibilities. This means that people living in friend- and family agreements form one household, and the income of all will affect the allowance. People living in a duplex, three-room or four-room apartment with a shared rental agreement must apply for the allowance jointly.

If you are the only primary tenant in a duplex, three-or four-room apartment, and you have sub-letted a part of the apartment to one or more people, you may apply for the housing allowance alone. The sub-letters may also apply alone, if each sub-letter has their own separate sub-let rental agreement.

If you live alone, the situation is same as with people living in studios, and you may apply for the allowance alone.

AYY upcoming actions

AYY is currently undertaking a project to increase communal living. As a part of this project, apartments with several bedrooms are being converted to shared apartments and we are creating means where shared apartments could be applied to in the same way as friend apartments now. The aim is that on a long term AYY would have only shared apartments, shared studios, studios and family apartments available to its tenants. The timetable for these changes will be published to the tenants when they become relevant.

 

Useful links

You may apply for the general housing allowance starting from August 2017 already at the Kela web service.

http://www.kela.fi/web/en/changes-to-student-financial-aid

http://www.kela.fi/web/en/general-housing-allowance

http://www.kela.fi/web/en/general-housing-allowance_eligibility-review

 

If you need more information, you may contact the housing office at asuntotoimisto@ayy.fi