To receive a rent subsidy you must fulfil a number of conditions.
Your family income must not exceed a defined maximum.
You do not have full ownership of a house or do not have a right of usufruct to it.
The house you are leaving
The house you are leaving must be situated in the Flemish Region and must fulfil several conditions.
The new house
The new house must be situated in the Flemish Region and must meet certain standards. Its rent must not exceed a defined maximum.
Compulsory registration with a social housing company
If you apply for the rent subsidy, you are obliged to register on the waiting list of a social housing company in your municipality at the latest nine months after your application.
Apply for the rent subsidy by means of
- the application form (doc) (Word file)
- or the application form for those who rent a house at a social letting agency (doc) (Word file).
You can submit the application after you have moved to your new house, and at the latest 9 months after the start of the rental contract.
You will receive the rent subsidy for a maximum of 9 years and as long as you are on the waiting list of a social housing company in your municipality.
The rent subsidy will also end if you move to a social house or if you receive a rent premium. You can never receive a rent subsidy and a rent premium at the same time.
The first payment is made within 4 months after your application has been approved.
The monthly rent subsidy depends on your family situation, the location and type of your new house, and your income.
The one-off installation premium equals three times the amount of the first rent subsidy.