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About POAS

Pirkan Opiskelija-asunnot Oy, or POAS, owns and manages real estate, buys and leases land areas, builds buildings and rents out apartments. The company does not intend to make a profit or other financial benefit for its shareholders. The City of Tampere owns the entire share capital of the company. The company has 18 full-time employees and is governed by a board of directors with five representatives from the city of Tampere and two tenant representatives.

Board of Directors

Jussi Kuortti, chairman
Joni Lehtimäki, vice-chair
Antti Ivanoff
Leo Niemelä
Hanna Hiltunen
Eemeli Lahtinen, tenant representative
Kiia Lehtimäki, tenant representative

Our history

POAS has a history in Tampere that already spans over 50 years. Originally, the enterprise operated as Peltolammin Opiskelija-asunnot Oy, which was established in 1966. It was founded to respond to a community in transition that was attempting to deal with the need for housing imposed by thousands of students arriving in the area. POAS gradually became the abbreviation, though it was not official before the new millennium. In 2004, Härmälän Opiskelijatalo Oy merged with Peltolammin Opiskelija-asunnot Oy, which name was changed one year earlier to Pirkan Opiskelija-asunnot Oy. The reasoning for the change in name was that the enterprise would soon be offering homes outside Peltolammi as well. At this juncture, the POAS abbreviation was made official. In 2016, Insinöörioppilastalo Oy and Kiinteistö Oy Opintanner merged with POAS. As a result of the merger, not only students but also young working people were allowed to apply for housing from POAS.

POAS has consistently arranged for increasing quantities of housing stock to be constructed in Tampere, in addition to developing residential living. One good example is the construction of the ADP network at the end of the 1990s, the aim of which was to react to the requirements of a transformed community. In 2011, a 16-floor residential building that POAS had built was completed in Tampere’s suburb of Hervanta. When finished, it was Tampere’s highest. Originally, the housing sites were concentrated outside the central business district, but in 2016 the target to offer residential living in the city centre as well was added to the strategy. The strategy was put into action by purchasing Lompanlinna, a historical site in Peltokatu Street. The building was renovated for residential use with great respect for tradition. After this, POAS has also acquired housing properties in the areas of Kauppi and Petsamo.

Timo Jokinen stepped into the shoes of the managing director in 2014. During this time, he has gathered skilled personnel around him and has ensured that the enterprise develops and continues its work as a significant provider of homes in Tampere. Over the last few years, development has indeed accelerated, both property maintenance and electronic housing services. Also tenant democracy has improved. POAS housing stock has also seen enormous advancement with respect to maintenance, repair and overhaul. In addition, POAS found its way to Facebook in 2015, after which it has expanded its social media channels to Instagram and Linkedin.

POAS compiled a historical account during its 50th anniversary, which came to fruition at the start of 2017. It is possible to get acquainted with the book (in Finnish) at Tampere’s libraries (POAS: Metsäkaupungin kasvatti; Wacklin, Matti).

Enterprise strategy was updated in 2022, and it steers our operations. Read about our direction and mission from our Strategy and values.

Growth company 2018

Pirkan Opiskelija-asunnot Oy has been able to grow substantially during the previous three years and has, therefore, earned its status as a Growth Company. POAS has received Kauppalehti’s Growth Company certificate.