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Apply for increased housing benefit

An increased housing allowance is only granted upon application by the competent authority.

Process flow

As a rule, the increased housing benefit is again granted for 12 months.

The approval period is shortened if it is to be expected that the circumstances relevant to the payment of housing benefit will change before the expiry of 12 months.

Who should I contact?

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


The housing benefit will be re-approved upon application if the current approval period

  • increases the number of household members to be taken into account,
  • increases the rent or burden to be taken into account by more than 15 percent, or
  • total income is reduced by more than 15 percent

and this leads to a higher housing benefit.

Which documents are required?

  • completed application form
  • Proof of reduced income
  • Proof of increased rent or encumbrance
  • Proof of other changes

What are the fees?

There are no fees.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

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

What else should I know?

If the rent or burden has increased retroactively by more than 15 percent, an increased housing benefit may also be granted retroactively, but at the earliest from the beginning of the current approval period.

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

Housing subsidy

Housing Benefit Plus Reform

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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