Opposition had a field day last week when it was found out that Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar had recorded as his official place of residence in Tallinn an apartment that belongs to Tõnis Sõõrumaa, son of Urmas Sõõrumaa, writes Äripäev.
In his explanation, Savisaar said that he is renting the apartment from Tõnis Sõõrumaa because it is close to the city’s financial services department that is headed by Katrin Kendra. “It will make it easier for me to cooperate with and carry out supervision over them,” Savisaar said in a statement.
This is true because the financial service of Tallinn city government has been renting almost 1,000 sqm of office space in the same building since 2009 and has signed a rent contract with Rotermann City, a company owned by Sõõrumaa since 2009.
At the start of 2013, Tallinn city government rented another 310 sqm of floor space in the building and extended the rent contract made in 2009 by three years.
This means that the city government is now renting 1,250 sqm of office space from Sõõrumaa at a cost of EUR 12.2 per sqm per month, totaling 183,000 euros a year plus VAT.
Savisaar has not yet disclosed how much he is paying in apartment rent nor the duration of the rent contract. Tõnis Sõõrumaa has been member of the supervisory board of Rotermann City since June. In June, Sõõrumaa also acquired the guest apartment that he is now renting out to Savisaar.