Payment of relocation costs for Hartz 4 recipients
For Hartz 4 recipients, it is possible to apply for the costs of moving house to be covered by the job centre. In which cases the job centre will help you financially although in individual cases it has sometimes refused to.
These relocation costs are covered by the JobcenterThe costs for a relocation are covered by the municipal service provider (job centre) in two cases – at the instigation of the job centre (forced relocation) and for personal reasons (voluntary relocation). The coverage of costs must be approved by the job centre beforehand and must always be kept as low as possible. Even in the event of a forced relocation ordered by the job centre, the costs must be approved in advance. The applicant must therefore obtain several offers. Double rentals, i. e. rents for two apartments in the transitional period, are generally not covered.
Relocation ordered by the JobcenterIf the relocation is ordered by the Jobcenter, for example because your accommodation costs are not reasonable, the costs for the relocation will be covered. However, an application for payment of the relocation costs must still be submitted and approved.
Voluntary moveEven in the case of a voluntary move, the cost of the move can be covered by the municipal service provider. Whether the respective application is approved or not, depends mainly on the reason for the move . The following reasons usually lead to an approval:
- The landlord has terminated the previous rental agreement
- The tenant has found a job in another city/town
- Increased housing requirements due to pregnancy/children
- The apartment is no longer habitable (e. g. due to mould)
- Moving out of the parental home before the age of 25
- The prospect of a workplace in another city
- Remediable rental defects