Who can get general housing allowance?
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.
If you have a small income, you can be granted general housing allowance from Kela. The purpose of the general housing allowance is to help you with your housing costs. The allowance is available for
- rental homes
- owner-occupied homes
- right-of-occupancy homes
- part-ownership homes
Students can get housing allowance under the same conditions as everyone else.
What is a household?
Housing allowance can be paid to households consisting of a single person or several persons. A household usually comprises the permanent occupants of a dwelling.
The housing allowance is granted to the household collectively. The amount of the allowance is affected by the incomes of all household members. You can only be the member of one household at a time.
The application is made by one household member on behalf of all residents. Persons who are part of different households can apply for housing allowance separately.
The following persons are always considered to be part of the same household:
- married spouses and cohabiting partners
- persons who have rented a home under a joint rental agreement.