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Submit an application for an increase in housing benefit


Your entitlement to housing benefit could increase if

  • your total income has decreased by more than 10 percent,
  • your rent or the burden on residential property (excluding heating costs) has increased by more than 10 percent, or
  • the number of household members has increased.

In the event of a rent increase or an increase in the burden on home ownership, there may also be a retroactive increase in housing benefit, but only up to the point in time from which you have been granted housing benefit.

If your total income has decreased as a result of fewer members in your household, this may also be a reason for an increase in housing benefit.

Process flow

  • You send your application in writing or online to the housing benefit office responsible for you.
  • The authority will review your application and send you a decision.
  • If approved, housing benefit is usually granted for twelve months.

Who should I contact?

To your locally responsible housing benefit authority

Requirements

  • Their total income must have decreased by more than 10 percent, or
  • the number of your household members has increased, or
  • Your rent or your burden on residential property (excluding heating costs) has increased by more than 10 percent.

Please ask your local housing benefit authority for details.

Which documents are required?

Please submit the following documents:

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

What are the fees?

free

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

In the event of a positive decision, payment is made from the 1st of the month in which the application for an increase was submitted.

Processing duration

A decision on your application will be made immediately. The processing time depends, among other things, on the completeness of your information and the submission of the evidence required for the processing of the application. Longer processing times may not be at your expense: for periods from receipt of application, housing benefit can also be approved and paid retroactively.

Applications / forms

Online: please enter your postcode and place of residence.

Appeal

Complaint

You can find more information on how to file a lawsuit in the notification of your application for housing benefit.

What else should I know?

There are the following notes:

If your financial situation or your living circumstances have improved or changed, there may also be a reduction in housing benefit. They are obliged to notify the housing benefit authority immediately of any changes that may lead to a reduction in housing benefit. In order to avoid or detect the unlawful use of housing benefit, the housing benefit authority regularly checks the household members by comparing data.

In order to avoid or detect the unlawful use of housing benefit, the housing benefit authority may regularly check the household members by comparing data – also in automated form – in particular with the pension insurance data office. For example, it may be compared:

  • whether citizen's allowance (formerly unemployment benefit II) is paid while receiving housing benefit,
  • whether there is employment subject to compulsory insurance or marginal employment
  • or the amount of investment income for which an exemption order has been issued.

It is also possible to compare with the registration authority on registration addresses, housing status and time of re-registration. In addition, there is the possibility of retrieving accounts at the Federal Central Tax Office. Suspected cases of fraud are generally reported to the public prosecutor's office.

Through these checks, the housing benefit authority can determine, for example:

  • whether housing benefit is received more than once,
  • whether transfer benefits leading to exclusion from housing benefit are received at the same time,
  • whether correct information in the housing benefit application
    • to income from employment,
    • income from one or more pensions,
    • have been made into income from investment income (interest or dividends),
  • whether the payment of unemployment benefits has been discontinued in the event of original unemployment (for example, due to the taking up of a new job) and
  • whether the original apartment for which housing benefit was paid is actually still in use.

The review is permissible until the expiry of ten years after the announcement of the corresponding housing benefit approval.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Building and Digitalisation

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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