Landungsbrücken

Housing benefit reduction by official authority

If the housing benefit office becomes aware of changes in the circumstances that are not just temporary, a new decision must be made on the housing benefit.

Important notes

Prerequisites

A decision on the payment of the housing benefit is to be made ex officio if

  • reduced the number of household members
  • Increased your income by more than 15% or
  • reduced their rent or encumbrance by more than 15%

Documents required

When making a decision ex officio, no documents are required from you.
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

There will be a recalculation ex officio.
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

Housing benefit recipients are obliged to notify the housing benefit authority immediately of any changes that could lead to a reduction in housing benefit.


If the change in circumstances does not occur on the first of a month, the decision shall take effect from the first of the following month.

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

This is where the housing benefit office becomes active ex officio.
You will receive a new notification.

Processing time

A new decision ex officio must be made within one year after the housing benefit authority has become aware of the change in circumstances.

Fees

No

Legal notes

Legal remedies

contradiction

Legal basis

Section 27 (2) of the Housing Allowance Act (WoGG) Change in housing allowance – reduction

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

Service description

You may be affected by the reduction in housing benefits if

  • reduced the number of household members
  • Increased your income by more than 15% or
  • reduced their rent or encumbrance by more than 15%.
The housing benefit office can decide on this ex officio and assert claims for reimbursement if these changes are not just temporary.
Therefore, please notify us of any changes immediately.

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