The repair of the pipe system was the last straw. The costs of Milla Hakkarainen's owner-occupied flat would have risen to 900 euros per month. She thought it was too much for a studio in Helsinki's Pajamäki suburb. "My spouse works as a cook. The work is low-paid and seasonal. When he had no work, I paid for everything."
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Money buys a different lifestyle
Then a unique opportunity came about. The couple was hired as a part-time caretaker team for the property in a housing company in Roihuvuori. The 680-euro rent for the company-owned flat is deducted from the caretaker wages of Milla's spouse.