Residence entitlement certificates

A housing entitlement certificate (WBS) is required to move into social housing. Foreign apartment seekers can apply for a WBS in any of the 7 Hamburg district offices or present an existing WBS. The prerequisite for the issue of a residence entitlement certificate is compliance with certain income limits. The calculation is always individual. Personal appearance is usually necessary, but someone can also be authorized.

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

If an emergency certificate is issued, accommodation can also be arranged.

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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