Maintenance costs for a single-family home

Location of the home Built in 1974 or later  Built before 1974
Heating costs (EUR per square metre and month)
Heating costs category I  1.32 1.72
Heating costs category II  1.45 1.89
Heating costs category III   1.60 2.08

Kela pays compensation for heating costs only according to a reasonable size of the home. For those living alone, this limit is 70 square metres. For couples the reasonable size of the home is 15 square metres larger than for those living alone.

Heating costs category I
Askola, Aura, Espoo, Eura, Eurajoki, Hamina, Hanko, Harjavalta, Helsinki, Honkajoki, Huittinen, Hyvinkää, Iitti, Imatra, Inkoo, Jämijärvi, Järvenpää, Kaarina, Kankaanpää, Karkkila, Karvia, Kauniainen, Kemiönsaari, Kerava, Kirkkonummi, Kokemäki, Koski, Kotka, Kouvola, Kustavi, Laitila, Lapinjärvi, Lappeenranta, Lemi, Lieto, Lohja, Loimaa, Loviisa, Luumäki, Marttila, Masku, Merikarvia, Miehikkälä, Mynämäki, Myrskylä, Mäntsälä, Naantali, Nakkila, Nousiainen, Nurmijärvi, Orimattila, Oripää, Paimio, Parainen, Parikkala, Pomarkku, Pori, Pornainen, Porvoo, Pukkila, Punkalaidun, Pyhtää, Pyhäranta, Pöytyä, Raasepori, Raisio, Rauma, Rautjärvi, Ruokolahti, Rusko, Salo, Sastamala, Sauvo, Savitaipale, Siikainen, Sipoo, Siuntio, Somero, Säkylä, Taipalsaari, Taivassalo, Turku, Tuusula, Ulvila, Uusikaupunki, Vantaa, Vehmaa, Vihti, Virolahti and the municipalities in the Åland Islands

Heating costs category II Akaa, Alajärvi, Alavus, Asikkala, Enonkoski, Evijärvi, Forssa, Halsua, Hartola, Hattula, Hausjärvi, Heinola, Heinävesi, Hirvensalmi, Hollola, Humppila, Hämeenkyrö, Hämeenlinna, Ikaalinen, Ilmajoki, Isojoki, Isokyrö, Janakkala, Jokioinen, Joroinen, Juupajoki, Juva, Kangasala, Kangasniemi, Kannus, Karijoki, Kaskinen, Kauhajoki, Kauhava, Kaustinen, Kihniö, Kokkola, Korsnäs, Kristiinankaupunki, Kruunupyy, Kuortane, Kurikka, Kärkölä, Lahti, Laihia, Lappajärvi, Lapua, Lempäälä, Lestijärvi, Loppi, Luoto, Maalahti, Mikkeli, Mustasaari, Mänttä-Vilppula, Mäntyharju, Nokia, Närpiö, Orivesi, Padasjoki, Parkano, Pedersören kunta, Perho, Pertunmaa, Pieksämäki, Pietarsaari, Pirkkala, Puumala, Pälkäne, Rantasalmi, Riihimäki, Ruovesi, Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Soini, Sulkava, Sysmä, Tammela, Tampere, Teuva, Toholampi, Urjala, Uusikaarlepyy, Vaasa, Valkeakoski, Vesilahti, Veteli, Vimpeli, Virrat, Vöyri, Ylöjärvi, Ypäjä and Ähtäri

Heating costs category III    All other municipalities

Water charges EUR 29.81 per month and per person

Maintenance costs EUR per month per single-family home
Built or modernised in 1974 or later  43.44
Built or modernised before 1974 56.47

Example: Pension recipient living alone in a single-family home

Aino's pensions total EUR 850 per month. She lives in a 100-square-meter single-family home modernised in 1980. Her home is located in Mikkeli, which is with in the maximum amount of class III municipality that belongs to heating costs category II. Aino has no other property and no debt.

Aino's single-family home as her housing costs are taken into acount, but only up to the 70-square-metre limit:

Heating
70 sqm x EUR 1.45 = EUR 101.50 per month

Water
EUR 29.81 per month

Maintenance
EUR 43.44 per month

In total, the cost of Aino's single-family home of EUR 174.20 per month is taking in to account.

The income limit for pension recipients living alone is EUR 775.83 per month. Aino's income exceeds this limit by EUR 72.17, which means that she will have to pay an additional deductible equal to 41.3 % of the excess, or EUR 29.81 per month. The basic deductible is EUR 51.56 per month. Aino pays a deductible of EUR 81.37 per month in total.

Aino is paid a housing allowance for pensioners that covers 85 % of the costs exceeding the deductible.

The housing allowance paid to Aino: 85% (174.75 – 81.37) = EUR 79.37 per month