TA-Yhtiöt | Resident Guide | Right-of-occupancy and rental apartments

Instructions on additional work and alteration work in right-of-occupancy apartments The holder of the right of occupancy has the right to do or hire someone to do additional work or alteration work in the right-of- occupancy apartment. Additional work or alteration work can only be done inside the apartment and it must be reasonable and improve the quality of living. The alteration work possibilities are limited because the apartment must also serve the needs of future residents. This is why any alteration work that lowers the quality of living or causes disturbance to other residents of the building is not allowed. Also, official regulations must be followed. The resident is always responsible for the costs of alteration work. Alteration work must not create costs to other residents of the building or the house owner. The holder of the right of occupancy is always responsible for the maintenance of the alteration work done in the apartment. If the resident has done additional work or alteration work that increases residential comfort in the apartment even at the time of turning over the right of occupancy, the resident might receive compensation. If such compensation is paid, it is paid when the resident moves out. The condition for compensation is that TA- Asumisoikeus Oy has given a written permission for alteration work in advance (alteration work done during construction is an exception). 1. Acceptable alterations and commissioning them Alteration work that decreases the value of the apartment or the property, decreases residential comfort, weakens the soundproofing of the building, increases the operating costs of the housing unit, or negatively affects the building structure, HPAC (heating, plumbing, air-conditioning) work, or electrical work is forbidden. If the resi- dent has done or has commissioned such alteration work, TA- Asumisoikeus Oy restores the apartment to its original condition at the latest when the resident moves out. The resident is obligated to compensate for the costs of unpermitted alteration work. When planning alteration work, the resident must consider future residents and how the alteration work affects the residential comfort. For this reason it is not permitted to move or take down walls, for example. Any materials or furniture must not be changed to weaker quality. TA-Asumisoikeus Oy might require that alteration work is done by a professional. Certain alterations require official authorization from the authorities. In this case, a plan of alteration work must be made and sent to the authorities. The holder of the right of occupancy is responsible also for the planning costs of the alteration work. In matters regarding alteration work that is done during the con- struction, the holder of the right of occupancy is in contact directly with the contractor. Alteration work can be done only inside the apartment, and the contractor and the holder of the right of occu- pancy have a direct contractual relationship with each other regard- ing additional work and alteration work. Any alterations to indoor walls and alterations that lower the quality of living are not per- mitted. The contractor is not permitted to do or offer any additional work or alteration work that is against these given instructions. If the proposed alteration work is somehow unusual or the costs are notably high, the contractor must get the developer’s permission in advance. The house owner can set a minimum amount and a maximum amount of compensation the resident can receive for the alteration work when moving out. Alteration work must not make the mainte- nance of the housing unit or the apartment more difficult. 1.1 Permission for alteration work The holder of the right of occupancy must always obtain a written permission for alteration work from TA-Asumisoikeus Oy before any alteration work is done. A written permission is required regardless of whether or not the resident wants to receive compensation for the alteration work later. The house owner may interfere with alteration work for a justifiable reason. 1.2 Alteration work to be compensated Examples of acceptable alteration work that may be compensated later: • Installation of a parquet floor (must meet the soundproofing requirements for soundproofing the sound of steps) • Installation of a laminate floor (must meet the soundproofing requirements); installing a laminate floor as alternation work during construction might not be possible (depends on the contractor) • Installation of a fireplace in single-family houses (the resident is required to make plans, to obtain a construction permit, and to schedule construction inspections with the property manager and the construction supervision or the fire department • Installation of wall tiling • Installation of floor tiling in wet rooms (floor tiling requires the installation of underfloor heating); floor tiling must not be installed in dry rooms (does not meet the soundproofing requirements) • Installation of underfloor heating in wet rooms • Installation of balcony glazing (must be left in place when moving out) • Improving the quality of kitchen furniture and fittings (does not include machines and appliances) • As a rule, the resident receives compensation only for the materials of alteration work. Compensation does not include shipping costs and work costs. 1.3 Alteration work not to be compensated Examples of alteration work that is not compensated later: • Dishwasher, refrigeration devices • Ceramic stove • Special tiles or new tiles installed only for appearance • Putting up wallpaper or painting the walls • Changing doors (communicating doors) • Closets • Cork floor • Sinks, shower walls, shower cabinets, faucets • Peephole, security lock or security chain (must be left in place when moving out) • Window blinds (must be left in place when moving out) • Changing colors or hues • Adding or changing plugs, telephone plugs, aerial plugs, or ADP (automatic data processing) plugs • Half-wall paneling (must be taken down and the walls must be restored to their original condition when moving out) • Children’s safety gate (must be left in place or if removed, the spot must be restored to its original condition when moving out) • Additional fences, other constructions in the yard, and plants (must be left in place or restored to the original condition when moving out) 1.4 Forbidden alteration work Examples of alteration work that must not be done: • Any changes to the supporting structures of the apartment • Moving, cutting down, or removing separating walls and flues • Changing the place or the size of the windows • Any changes to yard buildings or the façade of the building • Any changes to the front doors and the entrance doors • Changing water fixtures and drain fixtures (faucets, toilet seats, sinks) • Any changes to the ventilation system • Installation of a central vacuum cleaner • Installation of satellite dishes to the exterior parts of the building (installation is permitted only inside the balcony and the resident must have a written permission from the property manager) • Installation of floor tiling in dry rooms (does not meet the sound- proofing requirements) 22 TA-YHTIÖT | RESIDENT GUIDE