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Rent of social housing

Verified 01 janvier 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

The rent of a social housing is fixed by the social landlord. The rent is reviewed annually. Depending on your income, you can receive a monthly discount (solidarity rent reduction) or have to pay a solidarity rent supplement (surrent).

The amount of rent for a social dwelling is fixed according to a calculation rule that is binding on the landlord. It is calculated as follows:

Base price per m² fixed by the social landlord xCorrected surface housing = Amount of rent

The rent review is done annually at 1to January the evolution of the Rent Reference Index (LRI).

The IRL date taken into account is 2e quarter of the previous year.

  FYI : if the social landlord has done rehabilitation work, they can revise the rent differently for a limited period of time.

What's that about?

The tenant can get a monthly reduction in the amount of his rent. This is the solidarity rent reduction (EPIRB).

  FYI : the EPIRB is not paid overseas.

If you obtain the EPIRB, your lessor must indicate it on your rent.

Maximum income

To obtain the EPIRB, your monthly income must not exceed a maximum amount. This maximum amount depends on the location of your dwelling and the number of people housed.

To know the area of your accommodation, you can use this simulator:

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Your monthly income is calculated based on your last 12 months income.

You live together

Monthly income not to be exceeded for a solidarity rent reduction

Number of persons accommodated

Monthly resource ceilings

Area 1

Area 2

Area 3

2

Couple

€1,102

€1,042

€1,008

3

Couple

+ 1 dependant

€1,403

€1,329

€1,289

4

Couple

+ 2 dependants

€1,669

€1,583

€1,536

5

Couple

+ 3 dependants

€2,043

€1,943

€1,877

6

Couple

+ 4 dependants

€2,357

€2,243

€2,169

7

Couple

+ 5 dependants

€2,624

€2,497

€2,411

8+

Couple

+ 6 dependants

€2,905

€2,764

€2,671

For each additional dependent

+€283

+€266

+€247

You live alone

Monthly income not to be exceeded for a solidarity rent reduction

Number of persons accommodated

Monthly resource ceilings

Area 1

Area 2

Area 3

1

Single

€915

€854

€828

2

Single

+ 1 dependant

€1,403

€1,329

€1,289

3

Single

+ 2 dependants

€1,669

€1,583

€1,536

4

Single

+ 3 dependants

€2,043

€1,943

€1,877

5

Single

+ 4 dependants

€2,357

€2,243

€2,169

6

Single

+ 5 dependants

€2,624

€2,497

€2,411

7+

Single

+ 6 dependants

€2,905

€2,764

€2,671

For each additional dependent

+€283

+€266

+€247

EPIRB Amount

The amount of the EPIRB depends on the location of the dwelling and the number of persons housed.

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You live together

Solidarity rent reduction: maximum amount per month (torque)

Number of persons accommodated

Maximum monthly rent reduction

Area 1

Area 2

Area 3

2

Couple

€61.53

€54.49

€50.59

3+

Couple

+ 1 dependant

€69.48

€61.04

€56.64

For each additional dependent

+€10.00

+€8.88

+€8.03

You live alone

Solidarity rent reduction: maximum amount per month (person only)

Number of persons accommodated

Maximum monthly rent reduction

Area 1

Area 2

Area 3

1

Single

€50.95

€44.60

€41.76

2+

Single

+ 1 dependant

€69.48

€61.04

€56.64

For each additional dependent

+€10.00

+€8.88

+€8.03

For roommates, the EPIRB shall be 75% of these amounts.

Payment obligation

The rent and charges shall be payable throughout the term of the lease.

Therefore:

Payment Date

You must pay your rent and charges on the date specified on your lease.

In general, the rent is payable at the month, either at the beginning or at the end of the month.

If the rent is payable on a different frequency (quarterly for example), the tenant can still require a monthly payment.

Payment method

You can pay your rent by any means (check, bank transfer or cash up to a maximum amount).

The landlord does not have the right to impose the automatic levy as a means of payment of rent.

The landlord does not have the right to collect or have the rents deducted directly from your salary, even with your agreement.

Receipt

In case of full payment of the rent (including charges), you can ask your landlord to send you a free rent.

To do this, you can use this letter template:

Request a rental receipt from the landlord

National Institute of Consumer Affairs (INC)

The receipt must include the following information:

  • Details of the amounts you paid by distinguishing between the rent and the charges
  • Solidarity rent reduction, if you benefit

In case of partial payment of the rent, the landlord must give you a receipt.

Payment difficulties

If you have difficulty paying the rent (but not unpaid), you should try find an amicable solution with the lessor.

In case of persistent difficulties, social assistance may be granted to you.

If these difficulties are added to another outstanding debt (e.g.: unpaid credit or invoice), you can file debt overhang.

Reminder : not paying or paying part of the rent and expenses can be a cause of loss of right to remain.

Leasehold debt

The landlord can claim for 3 years any outstanding charges or rents, including after the tenant's departure. This time limit also applies to the tenant who has paid too many expenses and wants to be reimbursed for the overpayment.

Example :

A rent debt dated July 2021 may be charged until July 2024.

Regularisation is possible for any reason:

  • Forgotten
  • Ignorance
  • Negligence

However, the judge may refuse late settlement of charges if he considers it to be unfair, brutal and consequential fault of the owner in the performance of the contract. For example, when the lessee requested the adjustment of the charges and the lessor did not respond.

When your income exceeds maximum, a solidarity rent supplement (SLS), also called surrent, can be requested.

  FYI : when your income even higher, you may lose the right to remain in social housing.