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The new Right-of-Occupancy Housing Act

The Right-of-Occupancy Housing Act has been renewed

The Right-of-Occupancy Housing Act underwent a reform in spring 2021 and was approved in May 2021. The new Right-of Occupancy Housing Act aims to increase residents’ influence and simplify resident selection. The Act was reformed to ensure that right-of-occupancy housing remains as functional, affordable, and appealing housing form in the future as well.

The basic principals of right-of-occupancy housing system remain unchanged. Right-of-occupancy contracts will continue to be permanent in all cases, and they cannot be terminated.

The most important changes for right-of-occupancy apartment applicants

  • The selection of right-of-occupancy residents has been transferred to two-year fixed queue numbers and ARA’s national waiting list system from 1st of September 2023.
  • From 1st of September 2023, the queue numbers will be requested from ARA’s queue number service.
  • If you have a permanent queue number received from your municipality, it must be used no later than 31st of December 2023. From 1st of January 2024, you can only apply for a right-of-occupancy home with ARA’s queue number.
  • Between 1st of September 2023 and 1st of January 2024 the applications with the queue number from the municipality have a priority.
  • With the reform of The Right-of-Occupancy Housing Act, exchanging right-of-occupancy home within the same right-of-occupancy house becomes easier. From September 1st, 2023, the holder of right-of-occupancy will have a priority in the housing search, when an apartment becomes available in the same location.

The most important changes for right-of-occupancy residents

  • Residents’ access to information and influence will be improved. The purpose is, for example, to increase the amount electronic information and create an opportunity for residents to choose a supervisor to monitor the right-of-occupancy housing association’s operation.
  • The number of resident representatives on the boards of right-of-occupancy housing associations will be increased.
  • A cooperative body between the residents and the owner will deal with company-level issues, such as repair plans and the principles of the equalization of the residence charges.
  • A national advisory board will be established to develop right-of-occupancy housing issues, in which representatives of both owners and residents will participate.