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Housing allowance for young people (younger than 29)

Housing allowance is support for young people who need help to pay rent or the monthly fee for their housing.

Am I eligible for housing allowance?

Your eligibility for housing allowance and how much you can get depends on your income, your housing cost and the type and size of your home. Use the “Kassakollen” function to quickly and easily see whether you are eligible for housing allowance.

When entering your income in the “Kassakollen” function, remember that income is more than just your salary. Income also includes investment income, tax-free stipends/scholarships and 80 per cent of the student grant.

Kassakollen

How much do I get?

In the “Kassakollen” function, you can also see how much money you can receive in housing allowance.

Kassakollen

How do I apply for housing allowance?

1. Prepare digital documents about your housing

You will need to attach copies of documents about your housing when you apply for housing allowance.

  • your latest rent specification
  • your lease - if it is the first time you are applying for housing allowance for this home.

If you do not already have the documents as files on your computer, you can take photos of them with your phone or scan them.

If you cannot add the appendices when you submit your application, it is fine to submit them later. Remember to do this as soon as possible, but within no more than 30 days after submitting your application.

 
  • your latest association fee specification
  • your transfer agreement - if it is the first time you are applying for housing allowance for this home
  • papers that show that the tenant-owner's right is mortgaged, if you have loans on your tenant-owner's right
  • your most recent loan specification with the current debt and interest rate, if you have loans on the co-operative flat.

If you do not already have the documents as files on your computer, you can take photos of them with your phone or scan them.

If you cannot add the appendices when you submit your application, it is fine to submit them later. Remember to do this as soon as possible, but within no more than 30 days after submitting your application.

 
  • papers that show that the house is mortgaged, if you have loans on the house
  • your most recent loan specification with the current debt and interest rate, if you have loans on the house
  • papers that show what your site leasehold costs - if you have a site leasehold.

If you do not already have the documents as files on your computer, you can take photos of them with your phone or scan them.

If you cannot add the appendices when you submit your application, it is fine to submit them later. Remember to do this as soon as possible, but within no more than 30 days after submitting your application.

 

 

Send in your appendices by standard post to Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral 839 88 Östersund. We can handle your case more quickly if you send in your appendices together with the cover sheet.

5167 Cover sheet for appendices to Försäkringskassan (59.3 kB)PDF opens in a new window

 

2. Gather information about your income

Several different types of income are included when you apply for housing allowance. You will find a lot of the information you need in your latest tax return.

  • income from employment, e.g. salary and taxable benefits such as parental benefit, childcare allowance, sickness benefit, sickness compensation, activity compensation, and pension.
  • income from business activities
  • investment income, such as interest on bank accounts and bonds, capital gains, and dividends from shares and mutual funds. If you have a child living at home, their investment income is usually included as well.
  • some foreign income.
  • student aid in the form of study grants and study start aid.
  • tax-exempt scholarships.
  • carer's allowance.
  • introduction benefit.
  • you assets, e.g. private real estate, securities such as shares or cash in bank accounts that together exceed SEK 25,000.
  • the assets of any child living at home.
    

3. Apply

Log in to My pages (My pages) to apply for housing allowance. Once you have logged in to My pages (Mina sidor), you can be connected to an administrator from the Customer Centre in a web meeting and get help filling out the application.

 

If you have a live-in partner, you cannot apply using My pages (Mina sidor). Apply using the form.

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Even if you apply using the form, you can send in your appendices digitally if you wish. Log in to My pages (Mina sidor) to attach your copies digitally.

 

4. Disbursement

If your application is complete, you will receive a decision within no more than 30 days. If any information is missing, we will contact you.

The money is paid out in arrears on the 27th of each month.

If the disbursement date is a Saturday or Sunday, your money will be paid out on Friday.

5. Notify us if anything changes

It is important that you notify us if your income or your housing situation changes, for example if you stop studying and start working and thereby have a higher income. We can then make sure you receive the right amount of benefit. If you receive too much money, you may be obligated to pay money back later.

Remember that income is more than just your salary. Income also includes investment income, tax-free stipends/scholarships and 80 per cent of the student grant.

If you are earning more than you thought you would
Change your housing allowance on My pages (Mina sidor) or call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 and let us know.

If you are earning less than you thought you would
Change your housing allowance on My pages (Mina sidor).

If you move 
Submit a new application for the new address.

Other changes
On My pages (Mina sidor), you can inform us if

  • you receive more income that is not salary
  • your rent or monthly fee has changed
  • someone moves in with you
  • any of your children moves away from home
  • when we have received new or modified information about you.

If you cannot log in to My pages (Mina sidor), you can notify us using the form.

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, you can get housing allowance for a residence no larger than 60 square metres.

Yes. If you are younger than 29, you have the right to housing allowance even if you are not a student. You can also be entitled to housing allowance if you have a child and are older than age 29.

This is possible in certain cases. For example, if you are temporarily living at another address for less than a year and then will move back to your registered address.  This also applies if you are allowed to remain registered at your old address (referred to as “kvarskrivning” in Swedish).

Yes, since you apply for allowance based on what income you believe you will have during the year. If you earn more or less than what you entered in the application, then notify Försäkringskassan about this. You can make the change most easily on My pages (Mina sidor). You can also call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524.

It doesn’t make a difference if you earn a different amount each month.  The amount of allowance you receive is based on what you earn for the year as a whole.

This doesn’t make a difference since the amount of allowance you receive is based on what you earn for the year as a whole.

Enter the amount you think you will earn during the year. You can always change the amount on My pages (Mina sidor) if you end up earning more or less than you thought. If you apply later in the year, you can see how much you've earned so far during the year.

In the application, you enter the entire student grant as income – Försäkringskassan will then calculate 80 per cent of the sum you have written. The estimated income for the entire calendar year (1 January–31 December) should be taken into account. This applies even if you are not applying for housing allowance for the entire year. The annual income is divided by 12 and distributed so that the income is the same for every month. You should always enter the income before tax.

Income is more than just your salary. Income also includes capital gains, tax-free stipends/scholarships and 80 per cent of the student grant.

No, we need a specification to know information such as whether a parking spot is included in the monthly cost.

Two signatures are required if you apply as a married couple or as partners. On My pages (Mina sidor), it is only possible for one person to log in at a time right now. But once you have applied and received housing allowance, you can follow your matter on My pages (Mina sidor) even if you applied as cohabiting partners.

Yes, you need to apply again since you are only entitled to housing allowance for the residence where you live and are registered.

If you begin living as a cohabiting partner with someone, you must submit a new application for housing allowance together. If you rent out part of your residence or moved in with a friend, you must submit a change request.

If you are connected to the service My messages (Mina meddelanden) will your decision letter be sent to your digital mailbox instead of to your home with paper mail .

About My messages (Mina meddelanden)

No. If you rent part of someone else's home, you cannot receive the allowance for your housing costs if the person who owns the residence or holds the contract for the rental flat/co-operative flat also lives there permanently or on occasion.

Yes. If you received too much money, you can pay back the excess in advance. If you pay back the difference before 30 September of the year after you received the allowance, you will not be charged any fee.

No, you can only receive the allowance for part of your housing cost? This part is called the allowance qualifying housing cost.

There is an upper limit for what housing cost is considered allowance qualifying. The limit can be reduced, for example, if the size of your residence (in square metres) exceeds a certain limit, if you rent out one or more rooms or if anyone other than your spouse, live-in partner or children lives with you.

Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 if you have any questions about what applies in your particular case.

If you have technical issues

If your e-identification does not work or if you have other technical issues, you can get help on our technical support pages. There, you can get assistance from an administrator directly in a web meeting. You are then connected with the administrator, who can see your screen and help you. Web meetings are available during the Customer Centre’s opening hours.

Technical support

If you have a protected identity

If you have a protected identity, you cannot use all of the e-services found on My pages (Mina sidor). You can instead apply using a paper form.

If you must apply using a paper form

All forms that can be downloaded from the website can be found under Forms and certificates.

Forms and certificates

Related links

Information about repayment

If you have a child