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Applying for Rental Assistance

(Wohngeld - Mietzuschuss)

If you’re facing challenges with your rental expenses, the Wohngeld program offers a solution to help alleviate the financial burden. This guide outlines the step-by-step process of applying for Wohngeld – Mietzuschuss, also known as rental assistance, in Germany.

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Before you begin the application process, verify your eligibility for Wohngeld – Mietzuschuss. Eligibility criteria typically include factors such as your household income, size, and the amount of rent you’re paying. Here is a calculator for the city of Berlin (only in German) that could help you check your eligibility


Step 2: Gather Required Documents

To complete the application, gather the necessary documents, which may include:

  • Application Form 
  • Proof of identity (ID card, passport + visa)
  • Proof of income (payslips, income tax statements)
  • Rental agreement or lease contract
  • Proof of housing costs (rent receipt, utility bills, Bank transfer statement)
  • Information about your household members


Step 3: Send the Application Form

Submit your application for the Wohngeld by sending it via post to the local housing authority office (Wohngeldbehörde). The authorities will review your documents and assess your eligibility. Be prepared for a potentially long waiting time (4-8 weeks).


Step 4: Notification of Decision

You will receive a notification of the housing authority’s decision regarding your Wohngeld – Mietzuschuss application. If approved, the notification will outline the amount of rental assistance you’re eligible to receive. Sometimes, you may be asked to provide additional documents to process your application. If you need assistance, you can use our assisting service.


Step 5: Periodic Review

Keep in mind that Wohngeld eligibility is subject to change based on your financial situation. Some housing authorities may require periodic reviews to ensure that you continue to meet the criteria for rental assistance.


Important Tips:

  • Apply as soon as you meet the eligibility criteria to ensure timely assistance.
  • Be thorough and accurate when filling out the application form.
  • Keep copies of all documents submitted for your records.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, reach out to your local housing authority.