Camelot Europe opens office in Helsinki Finland to secure Vacant Property

The Camelot Property Guardians concept offers the Finnish Real Estate owners the opportunity to vastly reduce vacant property costs and risks, whilst creating temporary rooms and workspaces at the same time.

“Over 1 million sqm of vacant properties can be turned into affordable temporary housing”

Business Development Director Anna-Maija Grandy puts it straight forward: “We cannot afford to ignore over 1 million square meters of vacant properties in Helsinki, whilst on the other hand we are facing a lack of affordable rooms for students, starters and key workers. The Camelot Property Guardians concept offers the Finnish Real Estate owners the opportunity to vastly reduce vacant property costs and risks, whilst creating temporary rooms and workspaces at the same time.”

Camelot Europe’s CEO Joost van Gestel: “We are proud to introduce our concept to Finland. With Anna-Maija and Property Manager Marcus Vaakanainen, we have found a professional team to give us a good start.”

Protecting vacant property in Finland

Finland property owners and government officials have been reacting positively on the new concept. The Finnish Property Owners Association RAKLI visited the Netherlands earlier this year to get a better understanding, as Amsterdam was facing similar high vacant property rates. Temporary transformations have helped reducing the number of unused buildings dramatically. Jyrki Laurikainen, managing director of Rakli commented: “Great to hear that Camelot will start operations in Helsinki now as well!”

The Property Guardian Concept create affordable housing for key-workers, starters and students in temporary unused properties. Property owners, like city councils, educational and health institutions, housing organisations, investors and churches invite Camelot to place Guardians in temporary vacant buildings as their eyes and ears. The properties are thus protected by occupation from squatting, vandalism, theft and derelict during the vacancy period. Camelot Europe has protected over 10,000 projects, creating over 100,000 temporary rooms in over 1,000 cities across Europe since starting in Amsterdam in 1993.

Camelot Europe’s Helsinki team is following up on the first offers made and expects to get the first temporary rooms available in the first quarter of 2018.

For more information please contact Anna-Maija Grandy, Business Development Director on +358 (0)50 501 0627
Camelot Finland oy, Huvilakatu 25, 00150 Helsinki

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