Applying for a rent subsidy

The rent subsidy granted by the Ministry of Housing is intended to help low-income families to rent decent accommodation.

The amount of the monthly benefit, which is based on household income and composition, is capped at EUR 300.

 

The eTracking function for hardcopy (paper) forms is a feature of this process. This option allows users to track the progress of administrative procedures by email and/or by SMS.

Who is concerned

The following may apply for a rent subsidy: persons of legal age who are legally resident in Luxembourg, are earning a low income and are already renting or wish to rent accommodation.

The dwelling in question must serve as the beneficiary's main and permanent residence.

Prerequisites

Eligibilty criteria for the subsidy

To qualify for this support, the dwelling being or to be rented must:

  • be located in Luxembourg;
  • not to be rented by a public body  (for example: Housing Fund (Fonds du logement), National Low-Cost Housing Administration (Société Nationale des Habitations à Bon Marché - SNHBM), commune). It must be a private rental housing;
  • comply with Luxembourgish health and safety regulations.

Furthermore, the applicant household—whether a single person or several people living together in the same accommodation—must satisfy several conditions:

  • the applicant must not be the owner, co-owner, usufructuary, holder of a long-term lease or of a leasehold estate on a different property, whether in Luxembourg or abroad;
  • the household's net income may not exceed a certain threshold;
  • the monthly rent to be paid must be more than 25 % of their net disposable income;
  • they must have been earning a regular income for at least 3 months prior to lodging the application for a rent subsidy.

Income taken into account

The net income which is taken into account is that for the tax year preceding the date of application for the support, or failing that, the last net income known at the time of granting of the financial aid.

The household income that is used as the basis of calculation is the sum of:

  • all net income used to determine the amount of income tax (for example: salary, pension, annuity, etc.), deducting social security contributions and tax paid;
  • the parental leave allowance;
  • allowance payments;
  • accident annuities;
  • gross earnings allocated for overtime hours.

The income of persons living in and reported to the household (for example: those of the parents, those of the claimant's children or those of any other person), are deemed part of the household income.

household annuity payments are deducted from the income used as a basis for calculation.

The following social benefits are not included in the household income:

  • family benefits;
  • maternity benefits;
  • back-to-school allowance;
  • educational allowances;
  • child allowance;
  • cost-of-living allowance.

Deadlines

The application may be filed at any time of the year.

How to proceed

Filing an application

The household (single individual or several people living together in the same home) wishing to apply for a rent subsidy must submit the application to the Housing Aid Service of the Housing Ministry, using a specific form.

Once completed and signed, the form may be submitted to the Housing Aid Service by post or dropped off in person at their offices.

If an application is made by a married couple or civil partners, the form must be signed by both spouses or partners.

The application form must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • a copy of the rental agreement, signed and dated by the applicant household and the landlord, or any other document proving the existence of a verbal rental agreement. The property in question must be the place of residence of the applying household;
  • a copy of the salary certificate(s) for the year preceding the application. If the applicant changed employers during the course of the tax year in question, then the last 3 payslips must be provided;
  • documents attesting to any other income of the household;
  • the last 3 rental receipts (or proof of rent payment), if the household is already living in the dwelling;
  • a recent certificate of affiliation issued by the Joint Social Security Centre (Centre commun de la sécurité sociale – CCSS) for the people living in said dwelling;
  • if the applicant does not have the Luxembourgish nationality, a valid certificate attesting to the applicant's right of residence in Luxembourg:
    • for nationals of an EU Member State or a country treated as such (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland): a registration certificate or a permanent residence permit;
    • for third-country nationals: a residence permit or long-term residence permit, or a residence card (permanent or otherwise), if the third-country national is a family member of the EU national or the national of a country treated as such.

Applications will be rejected if they do not contain all the required signatures or if the address of the dwelling concerned is not indicated. In such cases, applications will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant. However, if only certain supporting documents are missing when the file is submitted, then the file manager will request these missing documents in order to continue the processing of the file.

The household applying for the support must provide, on request, any and all information and documents that the Housing Aid Service may deem necessary to process the application.

Important note: When completing the form, the applicant household has the option of allowing the Housing Aids Service to access some of their personal data. This allows quick processing of the initial request and an annual review of the file for the sake of administrative simplification and time savings for the applicant household.

By granting this authorisation, the applicant gives the Housing Assistance Service the possibility of recovering the required supporting documents by themselves. Also, the applicant household will no longer have to provide these supporting documents every year or have to worry about the administrative procedures relative to the renewal of the subsidy.

Assessment and review of the file

Initial application

The applicant household is advised by post of the outcome of their application for a rent subsidy.

If granted, the rent subsidy is back-paid from the application date, on condition that all the necessary conditions were satisfied at that time.

Review of the file

If the income or composition of the household changes, the applicants may ask for their file to be reviewed.

If, during that review, it becomes apparent that the household is now eligible for a rent subsidy, the subsidy is back-paid from the date of the review request.

If the aid is granted, then the files are reviewed each year by the Housing Aid Service.

In the event of a change in the household composition—e.g., if one of the people applying for a rent subsidy leaves the household—a new application must be filed by the remaining applicant if they wish to continue receiving the subsidy.

Important note: When completing the form, the applicant household has the option of allowing the Housing Aids Service to access some of their personal data. This allows quick processing of the initial request and an annual review of the file for the sake of administrative simplification and time savings for the applicant household.

By granting this authorization, the applicant gives the Housing Assistance Service the possibility of recovering the required supporting documents by themselves. Also, the applicant household will no longer have to provide these supporting documents every year or have to worry about the administrative procedures relative to the renewal of the grant.

Denial or discontinuation of of financial aid

The financial aid is denied or discontinued if:

  • the dwelling is rented to the applicant household by one of their ascendants or descendants;
  • the request contains false or incomplete information;
  • the application does not contain all the required documents;
  • one or more conditions for granting the financial aid are not or are no longer met;
  • the amount of the rent subsidy is less than EUR 25 per year.

Amount and payment of grant

The rent subsidy is calculated on the basis of a reference rent determined by a scale depending on the composition and net disposable income of the household, and the proportion of the net disposable income paid out in rent.

The household composition taken into account is the one which exists at the time of the application for financial aid.

The income taken into account when calculating the financial aid corresponds to the average net disposable income for the tax year prior to the date of application for financial aid. However, if, during that tax year, the household:

  • received income from a paid occupation during only part of the year, that income must be extrapolated for the whole of the year;
  • did not receive any professional income all year, or changed employers, then the last known net income must be extrapolated for the whole of the year in question.

The amount of support is based on the household income and composition, but never exceeds the maximum amount of EUR 300.

The rent subsidy is paid monthly.

Check the rent subsidy simulator for an estimate of the amount which may be granted.

Repayment of support

The financial aid must be repaid if:

  • false or incomplete declarations were made by the household applying for the granting or continuation of the subsidy;
  • the household has failed to inform the Housing Aid Service of any change in their situation which could affect the granting, maintenance, modification or discontinuation of the financial aid;
  • during a review of the file, it comes to light that one or more conditions are not or are no longer satisfied;
  • the household receiving the subsidy sublets all or part of the residence in question.

Non-combination of the financial aid

The rent subsidy may not be combined with the rental supplement ('bonification de loyer') paid to beneficiaries of the guaranteed minimum income or beneficiaries of income for severely disabled people for the rented accommodation.

Indeed, the supplement previously available to beneficiaries of either of these two schemes is no longer available as of 1 January 2016.

Important note: Persons in receipt of these benefits on 1 January 2016 will continue to receive them until a change in their financial or family situation ends their entitlement to the supplement.

Forms / Online services

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En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Demande en obtention d'une subvention de loyer

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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