Housing benefits

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Housing benefits are a grant that you can get to help pay your rent if you are renting a home with its own kitchen. You must have a permanent address there, meaning you have to stay at the residence for more than half the time of your tenancy.

Housing benefits are administered by Udbetaling Danmark - Public Benefits Administration.

If you are renting a home where you have your own kitchen, you might qualify for housing benefits.

How much you can receive in housing benefits depends, among other things, on:

  • your rent, minus costs for items such as electricity, water and heating are deducted
  • how many square meters the home is
  • how many children and adults live in the home
  • the income and assets of everyone living in the home
  • whether you are an old-age pensioner or a disability pensioner.

You must have a permanent address there, meaning you have to stay at the residence for more than half the time of your tenancy.

The housing benefits are tax free.

Are you receiving cash benefits?

If you are receiving cash benefits, this may have an impact on your housing benefits. You can read more here about what impact the cash benefits cap may have on your housing benefits and individual housing benefit:

Are several people living together in the home?

If several people are living together in your home, only one of you can receive housing benefits. The housing benefits will be disbursed to the applicant or the housing organisation. The housing organisation will deduct the amount from the rent.

If you are several people living together, everyone apart from the applicant must sign as being jointly and severally liable. Being jointly and severally liable means that if you receive too much in housing benefits you are all liable to repay the overpaid amount. This only applies for the period where you are cohabiting.

Calculate what you can receive in housing benefits

Here you can calculate how much you can receive in housing benefits. Once you have made the calculation, you can proceed directly to the application form for housing benefits.

Housing benefits are paid on the first working day of the month. Housing benefits are paid in advance, i.e. the amount covers the month that you get it disbursed.

How are my housing benefits disbursed?

Your housing benefits will be disbursed directly to your NemKonto. If you live in a social housing unit, the housing benefits can be disbursed directly to your housing organisation which will then deduct the amount from your rent. You can see how your housing benefits are disbursed in the letter that you will receive from Udbetaling Danmark once your application has been processed.

You need to notify Udbetaling Danmark if there changes to your circumstances that might impact your housing benefits.

Examples of changes include:

  • If your rent increases or decreases
  • If your assets change
  • If your income from self-employment or foreign income changes
  • If you get e tenant
  • If you move out
  • If a person moves in or out of the home
  • If a person living in the home dies
  • If you acquire your home as part of a housing cooperative or assume full ownership of it If you live for more than six months within a year somewhere else, for example: abroad, in another home or if you are in prison. Your entitlement to receive housing benefits ceases from the day where you no longer reside in the home.

You can notify Udbetaling Danmark of changes here:

Remember, you need to have power of attorney if you contact Udbetaling Danmark on behalf of others. This also applies even if you are married or cohabiting if your name is not listed on the application for housing benefits.

When you become a pensioner

When you approach the state pension retirement age, Udbetaling Danmark, Boligstøtte will be automatically notified when you become a pensioner. You do not need to notify Udbetaling Danmark of this.

You will receive a letter with a new calculation of your housing benefits.

What does it mean that I have a duty to notify you of changes?

When you receive benefits from Udbetaling Danmark, you have a duty to notify changes. This means that you are obliged to immediately notify Udbetaling Danmark if your circumstances change and if these changes have an impact on the benefits you are applying for or receiving.

Your housing benefits depend on your income. Every month, Udbetaling Danmark will look at whether you have received the housing benefits that you are entitled to based on your income information from The Danish Tax Agency.

If there has been changes to your income, Udbetaling Danmark will recalculate your housing benefits for that specific month.

If the change in income means that you have previously received too much or too little in housing benefits, the amount will automatically be deducted from or added to your housing benefits for the following month.

You can see a short video here about why your housing benefits vary.

Your housing benefits are still being calculated once per year

There is a minimum limit which means that your housing benefits are only adjusted on a monthly basis if your income increases or decreases by more than DKK 800 and if this results in your housing benefits changing by more than DKK 200.

Therefore, your housing benefits will still be calculated once per year, and in that context Udbetaling Danmark will send you a letter with a statement of your housing benefits for the entire year.

If you stop working, this may impact your housing benefits

If you resign or get fired from your job, you need to be aware of the fact that your employer will transfer your holiday pay to FerieKonto. This also means that your holiday pay will be reported to The Danish Tax Authority and will be counted as income the month you stop working - even if you have not received the money yet.

Therefore, you need to be aware that you may subsequently receive less in housing benefits because your income will automatically have increased for the month where your holiday pay was reported as income.

Please note, when you receive the holiday pay later, it will not be counted as income.

Udbetaling Danmark sends letters in Danish

When you are receiving housing benefits, you will receive letters from Udbetaling Danmark on an ongoing basis. For example, these letters may state that your housing benefits are recalculated every month in order to ensure that you receive the amount you are entitled to.

All letters sent from Udbetaling Danmark are in Danish. Therefore, it may be a good idea to have a friend or acquaintance translate the letters if you do not understand Danish. You are also always welcome to call Udbetaling Danmark if you have any questions.

If you are contacting Udbetaling Danmark on behalf of someone else, you first need to have power of attorney. This also applies even if you are cohabiting and you just need to speak to Udbetaling Danmark about the case.

If someone else is going to contact Udbetaling Danmark on your behalf, you first need to provide that person with a power of attorney.

For you who receive housing benefits

Here you can digitally provide another person with a power of attorney to act on your behalf when contacting Udbetaling Danmark. For example, to discuss your case, receive information about your case or to assume full responsibility for your case. You can provide a power of attorney for housing benefits only or for several other areas that Udbetaling Danmark deals with. The power of attorney does not provide access to digital self-service functions.

For you who will be helping someone else

If the person who wants to provide you with a power of attorney does not have NemID, you can use a written letter of attorney. The form can be filled out on the computer or by hand, and it needs to be signed by the person giving you the power of attorney.

If you have a written letter of attorney from someone receiving housing benefits, you can send the signed letter of attorney digitally. If you are using a cell phone, you can take a picture of the letter of attorney and attach it. The power of attorney does not provide access to digital self-service functions.

You can also send the letter of attorney by post to Udbetaling Danmark, Kongens Vænge 8, 3400 Hillerød. Please note that it may take up to a week before Udbetaling Danmark receives the letter of attorney by post.

If you want to know more about powers of attorney for housing benefits, you can read more on the Danish page on borger.dk:

If you have received more in housing benefits than you are entitled to, for example because your situation has changed, you should first return this money to Udbetaling Danmark – Public Benefits Administration.

If you have to repay Udbetaling Danmark, Housing benefits, it may be for one of the following reasons:

  • your income has changed
  • you have moved to another address and you are no longer entitled to the same amount of housing benefits
  • you live in a household where the total income has changed.

How to repay Udbetaling Danmark

If you have received too much in housing benefits, you will receive a letter from Udbetaling Danmark explaining what you have to pay back and why. If you have received this letter, you can pay the entire amount in one lump sum by transferring the money to Udbetaling Danmark’s bank account:

  • Bank: Danske Bank
  • SWIFT: DABADKKK
  • IBAN no.: DK1802164069172105
  • Remember to state your civil registration number.

Contact Udbetaling Danmark, Housing benefits