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A guide to good living


A guide to good living Welcome home! 3

BATHROOM 7

HALLWAY 5

KITCHEN 11 BEDROOMS 15 LIVING ROOM 13

BALCONY AND COURTYARD 17

Outside your own home 19 Rescue instructions 20


Welcome home! In moving into a new home, there are lots of things to remember. Here is a checklist to help you with the move: Notification of change of address It is advisable to submit an official notification of your change of address as soon as possible. One of the reasons for this is to make sure that the post office will be able to find you after the move. The easiest way is to submit the notification online: https://www.posti.fi/changeaddress/ Remember to also inform the building maintenance office responsible for your new home, so that the caretaker can add your name to the door.

Home insurance Home insurance is a smart choice for people living in rental housing as well. Espoon Asunnot’s real estate insurance only pays for sudden and unforeseen damage to the property. For the furnishings, home insurance need to be taken out.

Remember the electricity The electrical contract should be made in good time before moving, so that you don’t have to move in to a dark home. As real estate electricity we use electricity supplies that

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have been given the EKOenergy eco-friendly marking. We recommend this to you also.

Smoke detector A smoke detector is a mandatory piece of equipment in the apartment, but it is also a very affordable lifeguard. If your new home does not have a fixed fire smoke detector that is connected to the mains, you should install one smoke detector for every 60 square metres. Further instructions can be found on the website of the Rescue Services: pelastustoimi.fi

Reporting the condition of the premises When signing a lease agreement, you were given a form for indicating the condition of the premises. Please fill this in and return it to us within two weeks of moving in. Fill in this form carefully to avoid any possible confusion or other difficulties with insurance policies when you eventually move out. If you notice any defects or faults in the premises, please report them immediately to the maintenance services.

Elisa’s basic broadband subscription is included in the rent. Contact Elisa to get internet access set up.

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The feeling of moving out, and the joy of homecoming.


Hallway Doors and locks

Floors

If your home has an interior door, keep it closed to reduce the amount of noise from or to the stairwell.

Floors are always exposed to wear, but you can take steps to minimise this. Leave shoes in the hallway when you come in, and put felt strips on the feet of furniture so as to avoid scratching floors.

Security locks and a spyhole are not part of the basic furnishings of homes. However, they can be installed at the tenants’ own expense, as long as the installation is done by a professional. Contact your service representative before installation. The security lock is always rekeyed to match the other keys for the house. Please note that security locks may only be used when there is nobody in the apartment. It must be able to exit by the front door without needing a key.

Weekly cleaning In most dwellings, the cleaning cabinet is in the hallway. Regular cleaning will help keep your home in good condition and pleasant to live in. You can find great cleaning tips on the internet, for example on the website of the Martha Organization, which promotes wellbeing and quality of life in the home.

If you lose your key or want additional keys, contact the maintenance services.

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Keep bad smells at bay through regular cleaning, and prevent water damage. These and similar measures make the bathroom a more pleasant place to be.


Bathroom

No more leaks If you find that the toilet bowl or a tap is leaking, report it to the maintenance company immediately. In the worst case, leaks can cause water damage. Correcting the leak is also an eco-friendly thing to do, since it can save thousands of litres of water.

DRAIN-TRAP CLEANING

1 To unscrew the drain-trap, turn it anticlockwise. Keep hold of the pipe with your other hand.

Sensible water use Water is easy to save with many small steps, for example by taking shorter showers and using the washing machine only with a full load. If you have a dishwasher, avoid unnecessary rinsing of dishes. If you wash dishes by hand, use a plug in the sink. Sensible use of water also helps to keep the rent down.

2 Clean off the accumulated dirt.

Cleaning the drain-trap of the hand wash basin A bad smell from the drain, and a slowly emptying sink, are signs that the drain-trap needs cleaning. Drain-traps can become easily blocked by hairs going down the drain, for example. There are different types of drain-trap, but most of them open by twisting. Have a bucket at hand, since the tube may leak water.

3 Screw the drain-trap back in place, and run the tap for a moment to check the drain-trap doesn’t leak.

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CLEANING VENTILATION DUCTS

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Rotate the outer ring anticlockwise. Pull the valve out.

Clean the valve with water containing detergent, and wipe dry. Also clean any foam plastic sound damping. A vacuum cleaner is the handiest tool for this!

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Replace the valve by rotating the outer ring clockwise.

Ventilation ducts Remember!

All the bathroom walls are waterproofed. Therefore, no holes of any size should be made in the bathroom walls.

The ventilation ducts are usually in the bathroom and kitchen. For the ventilation to work at its best, the exhaust air vents need cleaning regularly. Do not rotate the central adjustment part during cleaning, since this would affect the amount of air flow.

The toilet bowl is not for rubbish! Although it may seem that toilet bowls can swallow just about anything that is put into them, over time garbage that sewage pipes are not designed to take build up and can block the piping. So dispose of all rubbish where it properly belongs, not in the toilet bowl. Food waste, for example, should be disposed of in biowaste containers. Cooking fat that is poured down drains or flushed down the toilet accumulate on the sewer walls and piping over time.

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CLEANING FLOOR DRAINS

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Pull the grille off of the floor drain. To do this you can use a pen or screwdriver, for example.

Clean hair and other solids and grime from the drain. Rinse the drain with warm water.

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Wash the floor drain and its parts with warm water and detergent. An old washingup brush, for example, is a good help here.

Floor drain Cleaning the floor drain prevents bacteria from making their way from the drain across the bathroom floor. The recommended cleaning interval is once a month. Filters are also available to make cleaning easier. For example, they collect hairs before they reach the drain. Use rubber gloves when cleaning the floor drain.

Washing machine Installing the washing machine should be done by a professional in order to ensure that the connections are pressure-resistant. To prevent leakage, the water tap must be closed whenever the machine is not in use. Don’t leave the washing machine running when you go out.

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They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. No matter what your level of culinary skills, cooking is more fun when the kitchen is kept in good condition.


Kitchen Fridge and freezer Did you know that the buildup of frost in a freezer increases electricity consumption? For this reason, freezers should be defrosted at least twice a year. When doing this, make sure that no thawing water pours onto the floor. Clean the dust from the rear of the fridge-freezer and from the grille on the back a couple of times a year. Also check the fridge coolant pipe. If it gets clogged, water can accumulate on the bottom of the fridge.

checking waterpipe and drainpipe connections for possible leaks. The water supply must always be closed off after use. Don’t leave the washing machine running when you go out.

CLEANING THE COOKER HOOD FAN

1 Remove the grease filter.

Stove top and oven Regularly clean the wall behind the stove top and base of the cooker. It is advisable to wipe the hotplates after cooking so that dirt does not get burned on to them.

Cooker hood Most of our apartments have a cooker hood. Did you know that you can reduce risk of fire by keeping the cooker hood grease filter clean? Depending on the amount of use, the cooker hood filter should be cleaned 3–6 times a year. See the user manual on how to remove the filters.

Installing the dishwasher The dishwasher should be installed by a professional. When installing the dishwasher, it’s a very good idea to put a drip tray underneath it. The dishwasher, like other home appliances, is the responsibility of the resident. Take particular care in

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Soak the filter in hot water. Use dish soap to remove the accumulated fat. Most filters can also be washed in a dishwasher.

3 Dry the filter after washing, and reinsert it.

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How about a board game, or a movie? The most relaxing moments of the day are spent in the living room.


Living room Coexistence and neighbors Rules and Regulations include the common rules of the inhabitants of the house. Following these rules ensures that all residents can enjoy peace and quiet. The quiet time starts at 22:00. After that time, unnecessary noise must be avoided. So leave furniture rearranging and drum practice to daytime hours! If one of your neighbours makes a lot of noise, the easiest way to handle the situation is by the ringing the doorbell and pointing out the problem in a friendly way. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you can report it to the building manager by filling out an announcement of housing interference which you’ll find on our website.

Self-repairing the apartment Remember! requires a written permission from Espoon Asunnot.

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The bedroom is a place of calm – where the day begins and ends.


Bedrooms Room temperature

Ugh, bugs!

The target room temperature is 21 °C. However, for the best night’s sleep it’s good to have the bedroom temperature slightly cooler than that, no higher than 19 °C. The temperature can be changed by adjusting from the radiator control valve. The thermostats of the radiators cannot work properly if they are covered by a curtain or large furniture. For this reason, plan your interior design solutions in such a way that the thermostat has enough room to work properly.

Unfortunately, bugs occur in Espoo from time to time. If you notice unwelcome guests of this kind, report the problem immediately to the maintenance company. Pest control is more effective the sooner it is started.

Sealing the windows If the windows feel draughty, contact the maintenance services. Sealing the windows reduces heat loss. The supply air valves on the frames of the windows must always be open. Clean the supply air valves twice a year.

A tip!

For the best night’s sleep, the bedroom temperature should be no higher than 19 °C.

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Balconies and courtyards are a pleasant extension to the apartment, especially in the summer. So get stuck into the soil, or focus on enjoying the fresh outdoor air.


Balcony and courtyard No rubbish or storage of goods The balcony and yard are for spending time, not for storage. For example, in the event of a fire the balcony or yard may have to be used as an emergency exit, so the passageway should be kept clear.

Buildings, flower boxes etc. It is prohibited to install or build any fixed constructions, such as fences or patios, in the yard or on the balcony. Similarly, playhouses and trampolines are not permitted in courtyards. Any flower boxes on balconies must not extend beyond the balcony, otherwise there may be a risk of them falling down and away from the balcony.

Plantings Small shrubs, low-growing perennials and other low-growing settings are welcome additions to courtyards. However, if you feel like a spot of gardening then keep in mind that the appropriate planting distance from the wall is 1-1.5 metres, depending on the variety of plant. With sufficient planting distance from walls, there is less risk of plant roots or shoots damaging the structure of the building.

Barbecuing It is forbidden to barbecue on balconies or in apartment yards. In addition to being an annoyance to neighbours, it is a fire safety risk. In the residential areas of terraced houses barbecuing is allowed, as long as the distance from the building is at least four metres. When barbecuing in the evenings, it is important to keep in mind that the quiet time starts at 22:00.

Smoking Smoking is prohibited in all public areas. In premises that have been completed or refurbished after 2010, smoking is permitted only in specially designated and marked areas. Check what has been written in the lease for your apartment in this regard.

Feeding animals is forbidden Feeding of wild animals in the property area is prohibited. Bird droppings make a mess, and can spread infectious diseases such as salmonella. Food left in the area also attracts rats.

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Outside your own home

Laundry room and drying room A laundry room is available for residents’ use during the day. The laundry room can be booked either with the book in the laundry room or online. In the drying room, the laundry dries quickly and is preferable because it helps prevent the accumulation of moisture in apartments. For this reason we highly recommend using the drying room. More detailed instructions can be found on the wall of the laundry room. Be considerate towards other laundry users – clean up after you before leaving.

Waste disposal In order to keep waste handling fees as low as possible, waste must be sorted into the containers designated for each type of waste. Do not leave hazardous materials, furniture, or other junk in the waste disposal area. The right place for such materials are the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY’s Sortti waste sorting stations, and the garbage collection skips that come to the courtyards in the spring. Information on these services can be found on HSY’s website: www.hsy.fi/en. Many charities will also collect usable furniture for free.

Every year we educate environmental experts appointed by the council of residents to advise residents of their own unit on waste sorting and other matters.

Parking Parking spots must be reserved through Espoon Asunnot’s customer services. Badly parked cars can obstruct maintenance or rescue operations, for example in the event of a fire. So do not leave your vehicle wherever there must be free passage at all times. Guest parking spots are intended only for short-term use by guests of residents. Parking in guest parking spots is allowed for a maximum of four hours, using a parking disc. For longerterm guest parking permits, contact the service company.

Storage facilities Most houses have their own storage space for sports and outdoor equipment, and also have storage facilities. To ensure fire safety, it is forbidden to store goods in the corridors of stairways and communal spaces.

Recreation rooms Recreation rooms are intended as common gathering places for residents. For more information, contact the residents’ committee or the maintenance company.

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Rescue instructions Apartment fires The primary way of escaping in the event of fire is through the stairway. If necessary, leave the apartment on all fours, since there is less smoke and heat closer to the floor. Close the apartment door behind you. This prevents the spread of noxious fumes from the fire.

Fire in stairwells or in the rest of the building Keep the apartment door closed. Burning materials can emit lethally poisonous gases into the air, even if the flames are not visible. For this reason, it is safest to stay in your own apartment. If smoke gets into the apartment, go to the balcony if necessary to wait for the rescuers. Close the balcony door behind you.

Once you are in a safe place, call the emergency services number 112. Guide the fire brigade to the scene.


Table of maintenance and repair responsibilities The table of maintenance and repair responsibilities indicates key tasks related to apartment maintenance. The table indicates whether a task belongs to the maintenance company, Espoon Asunnot Oy or the resident. You can also check where repair costs are covered by the resident or Espoon Asunnot.

The table of maintenance and repair responsibilities applies to defects resulting from regular wear and tear inside an apartment. The resident is always responsible for repair costs arising from defects caused by the resident and for their own equipment.

Task

Performance responsibility

Cost responsibility

KEYS AND LOCKS Lock maintenance

MAINTENANCE

EA

Procurement of additional keys

MAINTENANCE

RESIDENT

Re-keying

MAINTENANCE

EA

Procurement, installation and maintenance of a security lock*

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Procurement, installation and maintenance of a security door chain* WINDOWS AND DOORS

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Hinge and lock lubrication

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Installation and replacement of door and window seals

MAINTENANCE

EA

Repair of fittings and equipment

MAINTENANCE

EA

Procurement, installation and maintenance of a peephole*

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Procurement and installation of hinge pins and security guard plates*

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Repair of a broken window or door (including balcony glazing)

MAINTENANCE

EA

Painting doors and windows** WALL, CEILING AND FLOOR SURFACES

EA

EA

Painting wall and ceiling surfaces**

EA

EA

Repair and replacement of sauna panels**

EA

EA

Repair and replacement of flooring**

EA

EA

Checking the condition of floors and walls in wet rooms BALCONIES

MAINTENANCE

EA

Care and maintenance of wooden balcony decking

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Balcony cleaning and clearing snow from the balcony

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Clearing balcony drainage holes

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Washing balcony glazing FIXTURES

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Repair of fixtures

MAINTENANCE

EA

Replacement of fixtures**

EA

EA

Replacement of the kitchen drawer fronts

MAINTENANCE

EA

Repair of the countertop

MAINTENANCE

EA

Refitting the dishwasher cabinet

MAINTENANCE

EA

Replacement of the drying cabinet rack

MAINTENANCE

EA

Replacement of the pull-out trash can

MAINTENANCE

EA

Repair or replacement of apartment-specific sauna benches HEATING

MAINTENANCE

EA

Radiator bleeding

MAINTENANCE

EA

Basic adjustment of radiators

MAINTENANCE

EA

Repair and maintenance of radiator valves

MAINTENANCE

EA

Cleaning radiators VENTILATION

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Cleaning exhaust outlets

MAINTENANCE

EA

Adjustment and repair of exhaust outlets

MAINTENANCE

EA

Cleaning replacement air outlets

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Cleaning ventilation ducts**

EA

EA

Cleaning or replacement of replacement air outlets and filters

MAINTENANCE

EA

Procurement of new filters for replacement air outlets

MAINTENANCE

EA

Cleaning the cooker hood grease filter

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Procurement of a new cooker hood filter

MAINTENANCE

EA

Repair of the cooker hood fan

MAINTENANCE

EA

Cleaning or replacement of apartment-specific air supply unit filters

MAINTENANCE

EA

Procurement of new filters for apartment-specific air supply units

MAINTENANCE

EA

Repair and maintenance of apartment-specific air supply units

MAINTENANCE

EA


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Please notify the maintenance company of any defects or faults in your apartment, public areas or the outdoor area.

Task

Performance responsibility

Cost responsibility

WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS Cleaning tap aerators

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Basic adjustment of tap flows

MAINTENANCE

EA

Replacement of shower hoses

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Repair of taps and HVAC equipment

MAINTENANCE

EA

Connecting washing machines and plugging connections*

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Installation and removal of washing machines, and plugging connections*

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Cleaning drain traps and floor drains

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Repair of drain traps and floor drains

MAINTENANCE

EA

Unclogging sewers

MAINTENANCE

EA

Procurement of sink plugs

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Replacement of radiator thermostats

MAINTENANCE

EA

Replacement of toilet seat covers

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Giving notification of leaking taps and toilet seats to the maintenance company ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

RESIDENT

EA

Procurement and replacement of light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and starters

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Procurement and replacement of refrigerator, oven and range hood lamps

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Repair of lighting fixtures and their covers

MAINTENANCE

EA

Procurement and replacement of fuses

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Repair of sockets and switches

MAINTENANCE

EA

Installation of decorative lights

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Procurement and repair of the antenna cable

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Installation of an additional antenna**

EA

RESIDENT

Installation of additional telephone cables**

EA

RESIDENT

Procurement and replacement of doorbell batteries

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Refitting ceiling boxes/covers MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Procurement and maintenance of smoke detectors

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Procurement and replacement of fuses

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Repair and maintenance of an apartment-specific sauna stove**

EA

EA

Procurement and replacement of apartment-specific sauna stones

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Cleaning condensers of refrigeration equipment

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Cleaning refrigerator drain tubes

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Repair and maintenance of cookers and refrigerators

MAINTENANCE

EA

Repair and maintenance of central vacuum systems OTHER

MAINTENANCE

EA

Clearing snow from parking spaces and anti-slip measures***

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Keeping the front of the apartment door clean and anti-slip measures in areas controlled by the resident*** OUTLINED APARTMENT-SPECIFIC OUTDOOR AREA

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Taking care of the walkway and anti-slip measures BALCONY ACCESS BLOCKS

RESIDENT

RESIDENT

Cleaning the balcony access and clearing snow

MAINTENANCE

MAINTENANCE

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To be ordered from a specialist. To be left in the apartment without any separate compensation when moving out. Contact the building manager. The maintenance company will deliver sand to the property.


Espoon Asunnot Oy Upseerinkatu 3 B, 02600 Espoo Tel. 09 3544 5000 asiakaspalvelu@espoonasunnot.fi www.espoonasunnot.fi

A guide to good living  

Our guide helps you in maintaining your home in good condition.

A guide to good living  

Our guide helps you in maintaining your home in good condition.