Housing allowance in Denmark

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If you live in rented accommodation with its own kitchen, you may have the right to housing allowance. If you receive a pension and live in a housing co-operative or private housing, you may have the right to housing allowance in the form of a loan.

Housing allowance for rented accommodation

If you live in rented accommodation with its own kitchen, you may have the right to housing allowance.

If several people live together, only one person can receive the allowance. Housing allowance is paid either to the person who submits the application, or to the housing association, which then deducts the amount from the rent.

The same rules apply if you sub-let. However, you should make sure that your landlord has informed the National Registration Office that he or she no longer lives there.

Whether you have the right to housing benefit, and how much you receive, will depend on things like your rent, your income, your assets, the size of your home and how many people live in it.

You can read more and apply for housing benefit on borger.dk if you have a Danish NemID.

You must remember to tell Udbetaling Danmark if your circumstances change, e.g. your income, rent or assets, or if someone moves in or out of your accommodation.

Special rules mean that you may have the right to a larger allowance if you have been housed by the local authority, receive 24-hour care or have severely reduced mobility. Click on the following links for more information. 

    Housing allowance for pensioners in housing co-operatives and private housing

    If you receive invalidity pension or old age pension and live in a housing cooperative or private housing you can apply for housing allowance in the form of a loan. The same applies if you receive a comparable non-Danish pension covered by the EEA regulations on the coordination of social security systems.

    You can read more about the loans and conditions on borger.dk.

    Loans for housing deposits

    If you move into certain types of social housing built and occupied after 1 April 1964, you can apply to your local authority for a loan to cover your deposit. Loans can be paid out for apartments or for single rooms, but you cannot apply for a loan for social youth housing that does not have a self-contained kitchen. You can read more on borger.dk.

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