RAKLI has been lobbying the property and construction industry since 1977. The association´s roots are in the Union of Finnish Building Owners, set up by building contractors. The association has also lobbied the property industry since 1997, when Helsinki-based property owners joined the association and the Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients was founded.
In 2006, RAKLI expanded further - into residential property - when the association took in the members of the discontinued Association of Residential Property Managers and Developers (ASRA). Since the beginning of 2007, RAKLI has represented the interests of residential property, commercial property and infrastructure, and its activities cover the entire built environment.