Residence entitlement certificates
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A housing entitlement certificate (WBS) is required to move into social housing. People looking for accommodation from outside of Hamburg can apply for a WBS at any of the 7 Hamburg district offices or submit an existing WBS. Compliance with certain income limits is a prerequisite for issuing a residence entitlement certificate. The calculation is always individual. Appearance in person is usually necessary, but someone can also be authorized.

The residence entitlement certificates are only valid in the Hamburg area.

If an emergency certificate is issued, it is also possible to find accommodation.

Basically:
  • Completed application and a declaration of income for each person with their own income,
  • Personal documents of all persons belonging to the household
  • possibly marriage certificate
  • Current proof of income for the last 12 months
  • Depending on the individual case, additional documents may be required (e.g. medical certificates, pregnancy certificate / rental agreement, etc.).

Additional evidence will be requested if required; please include your telephone number on the application.

Preconditions

  • Compliance with certain income limits. The calculation is always individual.
  • Appearance in person is usually necessary, but someone can also be authorized.
  • Additional emergency certificate: registered with sole or main residence in Hamburg for at least three years

Hints

An emergency certificate can only be obtained if you have been registered with your sole or main residence in Hamburg for at least three years.

Related Links

  • All housing associations
  • Application for a residence entitlement certificate (not an emergency certificate) -barrier-free, PDF, 143 KB, 2 pp.

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