Teuvo Hakkarainen and Ville Vähämäki of the Finns Party have submitted their reports on their unusual housing arrangement in Helsinki to the Finnish Parliament.
Hakkarainen and Vähämäki have claimed a raised, tax-free expense allowance on grounds that they have rented a basement unit that, according to the housing company, is not intended for residential use. Both of the lawmakers denied yesterday having been aware of the intended use of the basement unit.
“I knew nothing about the first version of the tenancy agreement, the articles of association or the intended use of the flat before the issue was made public in newspaper reports over the past weeks,” wrote Hakkarainen.
“Vähämäki did at no point tell me that the basement flat mentioned in the tenancy agreement is defined as something else than a residential unit in the articles of association.”
Vähämäki, in turn, shifted the blame to the lessor.
“Taking into consideration the fact that the flat was equipped with beds, a fridge, sofas and a toilet with washing facilities, it is not exactly plausible that the lessor was renting the flat for any other use than residential use,” he argued according to Helsingin Sanomat.
Members of Parliament from outside Uusimaa are entitled to a supplementary allowance of approximately 490 euros a month if they own or rent a second home in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen or Vantaa. The supplementary allowance raises the total expense allowance to over 1,800 euros a month.
The Parliament has opened an investigation to determine whether the duo indeed are entitled to the raised allowance.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi