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Housing benefit increase

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You can submit a new application for higher housing benefit while you are still receiving housing benefit if
  • your income decreases
  • has increased the number of household members to be considered, or
  • Have increased your rent or charge.
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Detailed description

You can submit a new application for higher housing benefit as a subsidy towards your housing costs while you are still receiving housing benefit if

  • reduced your overall income
  • has increased the number of household members to be considered, or
  • Your rent or home ownership charge has increased.
These changes can, but do not necessarily have to, lead to an increase in housing benefit. You must submit the application for increased housing benefit to your local housing benefit authority.
The conditions for this claim are checked. The increase in housing benefit takes place from the time the application is submitted. A retrospective increase in housing benefit is generally not possible.

 

Information

Prerequisites

Requirements for an increase in housing benefit are:

  • the reduction of the income to be taken into account by more than 15%,
  • increasing the number of household members,
  • an increase of more than 15% in the rent to be taken into account or charges in the case of home ownership.
These changes can, but do not have to, lead to an increase in housing benefit.
For details, please contact your local housing benefit authority.

Documents required

The following is required to notify changes:

  • Evidence of change in rent or encumbrance
  • Proof of changed income
  • Evidence of the change in the household members to be taken into account.

Please note

In order to avoid or uncover the illegal claiming of housing benefit, the housing benefit authority may regularly check the household members by means of a so-called data comparison.

Deadlines

The increase in housing benefit takes place from the time the application is submitted. A retrospective increase in housing benefit is generally not possible.

Procedure

You will only receive a higher housing benefit if you apply for an increase.
You can send this application to the housing benefit office responsible for you. It is sufficient to submit the application in writing - personal visits are not necessary.
After processing you will receive a notification.

Processing time

The application will be decided immediately. The processing time depends, among other things, on the completeness of the information and the submission of the evidence required for processing the application.


However, due to the large number of new applications for housing benefit expected in January 2023, it may take some time to process your application.


Possibly longer processing times are not at your expense: for periods after receipt of the application, housing benefit can also be paid out retrospectively.

Fees

No

Legal remedies

contradiction

Legal basis

Section 27 (1) of the Housing Allowance Act (WoGG) Change in housing allowance - increase

https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/wogg/__27.html

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Last updated: 12.07.2024