Subsidized rent

State subsidies for accommodation

Due to the housing shortage, the German government has frequently intervened in the housing sector to guarantee accommodation for people with limited incomes.

A Wohnberechtigungsschein (WBS) is a certificate required to live in apartments that have been built using state subsidies. A Wohnberechtigungsschein is only available to people below a certain income level. To qualify, your residence permit must have been issued for one year. You can obtain further information on the WBS permit from the local housing authority ( Amt für Wohnungswesen) listed in the phone book under Stadt.

People with limited means can also apply for a housing allowance ( Wohngeld) from their local town hall.

When looking for a flat it is often helpful to visit you local Wohnungsamt (Housing Office) to get information on Wohnungsgesellschaften (state-run housing associations with flats for rent).

Another form of subsidized housing are state subsidized student residencies.


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