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Housing benefit cancellation/invalidity

In accordance with Section 28 of the Housing Benefit Act (WoGG), the housing benefit notice can be revoked by the competent authority under certain conditions or becomes invalid by operation of law.

In the event of a significant change in the housing and income situation of the housing benefit recipient, the competent authority is entitled to revoke the housing benefit notice and demand repayments.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the municipality, the joint municipality or the city in which the applicant resides.


  • significant increase in income or significant reduction in rent/burden,
  • abandonment/termination of the housing by the recipient of housing benefit or the persons to be considered,
  • Improper use of the housing benefit, i.e. the housing benefit is completely or predominantly not used to pay the rent or to raise the burden,
  • Application for or receipt of transfer payments (citizen's allowance, basic security) of one or more household members.

Which documents are required?

Documents are required. Please contact the competent authority.

What are the fees?

There are no fees.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Changes in the housing and income situation of the housing benefit recipient and other persons to be taken into account must be reported to the competent authority immediately.

What else should I know?

Detailed information is available from the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB):

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality


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competent Bodies

Stadt Papenburg - Bürgerdienste Soziales
Address: Von-Galen-Str. 11, 26871 Aschendorf
Telephone: 04961 82-144
Building Access

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Stadt Papenburg - Rechnungsprüfung
Postal address: Post Office Box 1755 , 26857 Papenburg
Address: Hauptkanal rechts 68/69, 26871 Papenburg
Telephone: 04961 82-320
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)