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Housing rules and neighbourhood relations

Tenant democracy

All tenants have the same rights and responsibilities. All tenants may jointly have an influence on issues in their building, and its comfort.

In blocks of flats or terraced houses, tenant activities may be organized. A building often has a Tenants Committee of its own. It may e.g. organize voluntary work where the yard and common areas are maintained. The Tenants Committee may also organize other activities and clubs.

Rules and regulations

Everyone has the right to live in his/her own home in peace, and to feel safe there.

Every building has its own rules and regulations. They may vary a little from one to another. All tenants must comply with the rules and regulations. They concern the common rules of the building. They describe what is agreed to in common areas and the ways the other residents should be taken into consideration.

Normally there is silence between 10 pm and 7 am. Neighbours must be allowed peace during the nocturnal hours. No noise that disturbs the neighbours should be heard during these hours. Visitors may not make any noise either. The tenant is responsible for the behaviour of his guests.

If the noise emanating from the neighbour’s is disturbing, you can notify the property manager. Pets may not disturb the neighbours. Keep your pets on a lead when you walk with them on the stairway and in the yard. The yard is not an area for walking pets. Place your pets’ excrement in a waste container.

Relations with neighbours and domestic harmony

Greet your neighbours. Finns are, compared with other nationalities, a bit shy and reserved. Finnish neighbours may keep a distance at first but that does not mean that they are rude or angry.

Finns do not always chat with their neighbours, and nor do they expect that from you. It is, however, good to be polite and honest, as these are qualities valued by Finnish people.

As neighbours, Finns respect common rules. Most Finns consider that e.g. the quiet hours are observed the way the rules and regulations prescribe.

If the noise coming from your neighbour disturbs you, you can talk about that with him/her in a friendly way. If the situation is threatening or scary, contact the property manager or the police. If the disturbing behavior persists, inform the property manager.

If your neighbour makes a complaint about you, contact the property manager. Normally the matter can be taken care of through discussion. Get in contact especially if you think the complaint is unjustified.

If you are having e.g. a birthday party and you expect it to be noisy, you can warn your neighbours about it beforehand. You may leave a note in the stairway saying that you will be organizing a party. Do remember, however, that no noise is allowed during the quiet hours.