Housing allowance in Sweden

Boligstøtte i Sverige
Read about whether you can receive housing allowance in Sweden.

Housing allowance is support if you need help to pay your rent or monthly fee for your housing.

Housing allowance and housing supplement

Housing allowance for families with children

Housing allowance for families with children (bostadsbidrag till barnfamiljer) is support for families with children who need help to pay the rent or monthly fee for their housing.

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) is responsible for this benefit.

Housing allowance for young people

Housing allowance for young people (bostadsbidrag till unga) is support for young people aged under 29 who need help to pay the rent or monthly fee for their housing.

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) is responsible for this benefit.

Housing supplement for people receiving sickness compensation or activity compensation (Försäkringskassan)

Housing supplement for people receiving sickness compensation or activity compensation (bostadstillägg till personer med sjukersättning eller aktivitetsersättning) is money you can receive in addition to your activity compensation or sickness compensation if you have housing costs. You can only receive housing supplement if you live in Sweden.

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) is responsible for this benefit.

Housing supplement for pensioners

You can apply for housing supplement for pensioners (bostadstillägg) from the year of your 65th birthday if you are drawing full retirement pension. You can apply regardless of how you live, and even if you own your home. You can apply for housing benefit even if you have assets. Your housing costs, your income, your assets and your family situation determine how much you can receive as housing supplement.

Many people enter a new life situation later in life, so it can be worth investigating whether you are entitled to housing allowance. It may be applicable to apply for housing allowance if you have moved from your partner or if you have become a widow/widower, if your income is lower, for example if your occupational pension stops, or if you have moved and your housing costs have increased.

When you apply for housing allowance for pensioners, the Swedish Pensions Agency (Pensionsmyndigheten) also examines whether you are entitled to a personal supplement (äldreförsörjningsstöd.) The personal supplement is a supplement for your upkeep if you have low income as a pensioner.

The Swedish Pensions Agency is responsible for this benefit.

Conditions for housing allowance and housing supplement

You must live in Sweden and be registered at an address in Sweden to receive housing allowance or housing supplement. The regulations for how much you can receive vary between the different benefits, but the amount you receive depends for example on your income, how many children live at home, what your house or flat costs, and how big it is.

Applying for housing allowance or housing supplement

You apply to Försäkringskassan for housing allowance (bostadsbidrag). If you receive sickness compensation or activity compensation, you apply to Försäkringskassan for housing supplement (bostadstillägg).

If you are over 65 and drawing full pension, you can apply for housing supplement from the Swedish Pensions Agency.

Housing allowance and housing supplement are residence-based benefits. If you live or work in another Nordic country, you are normally covered by social insurance in that country. If your permanent residence is in Sweden, you may be entitled to the part of the housing allowance that comprises financial support for housing costs. Housing allowance and housing supplement are needs based, and your income from abroad affects how much housing allowance or housing supplement you can receive. Don’t forget to notify Försäkringskassan or the Swedish Pensions Agency if you move to or start working in another country.

Who should you contact if you have questions?

Call the Försäkringskassan Customer Centre at +46 (0)771-524 524, or look on the Försäkringskassan website if you have questions about housing allowance for families with children, if you are young, or if you have questions about housing supplement for people receiving sickness compensation or activity compensation.

Contact the Swedish Pensions Agency if you have questions about housing supplement for pensioners.

More information

More information is available from Försäkringskassan and the Swedish Pensions Agency.

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