How is the process of renting a house in Finland?

How is the process of renting a house in Finland?

Search houses for rent in Finland

Before moving to Finland in search of a house, it is important to ask the question “How is the process of renting a house in Finland?”. Researching the process beforehand saves you a lot of time and money, and hopefully makes it easier for you to rent a house in Finland. Start with researching which area you would like to live in and weigh in your budget and other requirements you have for the house. When you are ready to search there are many different ways to find a house to rent. 

Online housing websites such as www.housingtarget.com and Facebook groups are easy ways to search for a house to rent in Finland. Mostly private people rent out their houses and therefore it is important to sign a lease with the landlord. The lease is an agreement between the tenant and the landlord about the rental period, price, deposit and other important points related to the rental. In Finland, the majority of rental agreements require that you pay a minimum of one months rent as a security deposit. This sum is paid in advance to the landlord and will be returned when the tenancy agreement ends. The landlord is required to return the full deposit amount if you have kept the house in good condition and made all your payments in time. If you however have broken something in the house, or missed out on rent, the landlord will deduct an amount from the security deposit. 

It is also important to be aware of the notice period in your rental agreement for the house. In Finland, a tenant always has a notice period of one calendar month. Always make the notice of terminating the rental agreement in writing, in this way you can prove your notice to the landlord. For landlords, the notice period is usually between three to six months depending on the length of the agreement.