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Can you get a housing allowance if the property belongs to your family?

Verified 01 September 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

The perception of housing allowance (APL, ALF, ALS) depends on your relationship with the owner of the unit.

Property belonging to a family member
Property belonging to a family member

If the owner is:

Possibility of receiving housing benefit?

Your father/mother

NO you cannot receive a housing allowance

Your stepfather/stepmother (married to one of your parents)

NO you cannot receive housing assistance if the property also belongs to one of your parents (shared ownership)

YES if the property is only that of your stepfather/stepmother

Your grandparent or great-grandparent

NO you cannot receive housing assistance

Your child

NO you cannot receive housing assistance

Your son-in-law

NO you cannot receive housing assistance if the property also belongs to your child (shared ownership)

YES if the property is only that of your son-in-law/daughter-in-law

Your grandchild or great-grandchild

NO you cannot receive housing assistance

Your brother/sister

YES you can receive housing assistance

Your uncle/aunt

YES you can receive housing assistance

Your cousin

YES you can receive housing assistance

Your nephew/niece

YES you can receive housing assistance

Warning  

you cannot receive a housing benefit if your landlord is a ascending or descendant of the person you live with as a couple.

Shares of usufruct or property on the dwelling

You cannot receive a housing allowance if you, your ascending or descendants or those of the person with whom you live as a couple hold ownership interests or usufruct on housing. This is the case, for example, in the presence of a civil real estate company (SCI).

However, a derogation is provided if the shares are in the minority. For example, a housing allowance may be granted when the total share of ownership or usufruct of the unit is less than 10% in total.