Landungsbrücken

Housing benefit (rent subsidy)

Housing benefit is a government grant to the cost of housing. Housing benefit is available: as a rent subsidy for tenants of an apartment or for residents of a home, as a burden allowance for owners of a home or a condominium....

Housing benefit is a government grant to the cost of housing. Housing benefit is available:

  • as a rent subsidy for tenants of an apartment or for residents of a home,
  • as a burden allowance for owners of a home or a condominium.

Responsibility depends on the housing benefit office responsible for the residential address for which the housing benefit is to be applied for. In Hamburg, the social service centers of the district offices are responsible.

The following are eligible to apply for a rent subsidy:

  • Tenant of an apartment,
  • Owner of a cooperative or a monastery apartment,
  • Residents of a home,
  • Rent-like beneficiaries, in particular owners of a rent-like permanent right of residence,
  • Owner of an apartment building (three or more apartments), a commercial building or a commercial enterprise if you live in this house,
  • Owners of a one- or two-family house in which they live, but which also contains business premises to such an extent that it can no longer be regarded as a home,
  • Owner of a full-time agricultural job whose residential part is not separated from the commercial part.

Housing benefit is paid on the 1st working day of the month.

Important notes

Documents required

  • Completed application for housing benefit,
  • Personal documents (ID card, passport or certificate of residence - with confirmation of registration),
  • Rental contract,
  • last rental change,
  • current rental receipt (account statement or payment slip),
  • Cold water billing,
  • Proof of income.

Further documents depend on the individual case.

Please note

Responsibility depends on the housing benefit office responsible for the residential address for which the housing benefit is to be applied for. The housing benefit for home ownership is called a load subsidy (see under this keyword).

Note on the heating subsidy:
Households that received housing benefit for at least one month between October 2021 and March 2022 will receive a one-off heating subsidy.
For housing benefit households, the heating cost subsidy is graded according to the size of the household:
  • for one person 270 euros
  • for two people 350 euros
  • for each additional person 70 euros
Payment is to be made automatically from October 2022. An application is not required.

Additional information on the heating cost subsidy in the context of the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) or Advancement Training Assistance Act (AFBG) or vocational training allowance (BAB) can be found under the link "Heating cost allowance: Information and FAQs from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research".

Deadlines

An application is valid from the month of receipt at the office.

Procedure & Fees

Processing time

A month on average.

Fees

This service is free of charge.

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