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Apply for housing benefit for the first time

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

Process flow

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

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

An application for further benefits is possible at the earliest two months before the end of the approval period. The approval period can be found in the current decision.

Who should I contact?

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


  • You are a tenant
    • Payment of housing benefit as a rent subsidy
  • You are the owner of owner-occupied residential property (home, condominium)
    • Payment of housing benefit as a burden subsidy

Which documents are required?

  • completed application form
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of rent or encumbrance

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 is made from the 1st of the month in which the application was submitted.

What else should I know?

Among others, recipients of benefits under the Social Security Code – Second Book (SGB II) and the Social Code – Twelfth Book (SGB XII) are excluded from the payment of housing benefit if accommodation costs are already included in their calculation.

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

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)