Occupants of rental accommodation may be entitled to housing benefit, irrespective of whether they are renting social housing or on the private market. Housing benefit entitlement is income linked.
- If you have legal domicile in Iceland, you can apply for housing benefit.
- Applications are made electronically on the website of The Housing and Construction Authority
- You must use Íslykill or electronic identification.
- The rent amount, income and family size of the housing benefit applicant will determine whether or not housing benefit is granted and, if so, how much.
- Before you can apply for housing benefit, you must register a lease agreement, valid for a minimum duration of three months, with the district commissioner.
- Benefit is not paid in respect of rentals of rooms with common access to kitchen and bathroom or rentals of flats in commercial premises. Exempt from these conditions are:
- Students renting student accommodation or boarding accommodation.
- Disabled people renting accommodation in a shared living facility.
- Information and a calculator for housing benefit can be found on the website of The Housing and Construction Authority .
- To be entitled to housing benefit, the applicant must be legally domiciled in the accommodation in question. Students studying in a different municipality are exempt from this condition.
Special housing support
Applicants may apply for special housing support from the municipality in which they are legally domiciled.
- Social Affairs Complaints Committee and complaint forms
- Property lease agreement in Icelandic
- Property lease agreement in English
- Property lease agreement in Polish
- Property lease agreement in Spanish