Amount and payment of general housing allowance
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General housing allowance reduced in 2024, will no longer be available for owner-occupied homes starting in 2025
Parliament has approved cuts to the general housing allowance, which will reduce the rates of the allowance in 2024. Most of the changes to the general housing allowance will take effect on 1 April 2024. The changes will be applied to general housing allowances currently in payment the nexttime they are reviewed. General housing allowance will also no longer be available for owner-occupied housing as from 1 January 2025.
Housing allowance can cover up to 80% of your housing costs. It is not available for all of your housing costs. Instead, there are specific maximum amounts for each type of housing that can be recognised as housing costs. The allowance can be paid for example towards your rent or maintenance charge.
How is the amount of the housing allowance calculated?
The housing allowance is calculated as follows: A basic deductible is first subtracted from the recognised housing costs. The housing allowance is equal to 80% of the remaining amount.
Maximum housing costs
The maximum amount of housing costs based on which you can get housing allowance is also specified by law. That amount is referred to as maximum housing costs.
The maximum housing costs represent the largest housing allowance you can get, even if your actual housing costs are higher.
The size of the basic deductible depends on
The bigger the income is, the larger the deductible. If the income is very small, there is no basic deductible at all.