More people eligible for housing allowance to help with high electricity prices

More people who are living off a minimum state pension, who have a disability or who have a low income for other reasons may be entitled to housing allowance this winter, due to higher limits on monthly income. 

The Storting have agreed to expand housing allowance so that more people with low incomes and high housing expenses can receive it to help with high electricity costs. People who recieve housing allowance will also be given an extra payment of 1500 NOK per month, plus 150 NOK per extra person in the household. This applies to the payments made in January, February and March. 

Higher limit on monthly income - new adjustment i January

The income ceiling for receiving housing allowance will be raised for the payments made in January, February and March. 

For example, the income ceiling for single people will be higher than the minimum disability benefit, which means that many single people with a disability will be entitled to housing allowance this winter. The same is true of other groups with low incomes, such as people living off the minimum state pension. Here are a couple of examples:

  • The monthly income ceiling for a single person with a disability will be raised by between NOK 2,100 and NOK 3,480. 
  • The monthly income ceiling for a family with two adults and four children in Oslo will be raised by NOK 9,450. 

Rules on wealth will temporarily not apply

Under the normal rules, people who have low incomes, but who for example own their own homes, may not be entitled to housing allowance because of their wealth. For the three payments covered by this agreement, the rules relating to wealth will not apply, so this group of people will also be entitled to support. 

Extra electricity allowance this winter

Housing allowance recipients in January, Februray and March 2022 will recieve an extra payment of 1500 NOK per month. This applies to all housing allowance recipients, including people who are temporarily entitled to housing allowance due to the temporary raising of the income ceilings.

Apply as soon as possible

You must apply by 31 January in order to receive a payment in February. If you already receive housing allowance, or applied within 31 December, you do not need to reapply. 

It is easiest to apply electronically. Log in using BankID or some other form of electronic ID:

Apply for housing allowance

If you are unable to apply electronically, you may submit a paper application. 

The deadline for the March payment is 25 February.