Applying for housing benefit
The Housing and Construction Authority handles the implementation of the Housing Benefit Act, No. 75/2016, and takes decisions regarding entitlement to housing benefit. The general administration of the benefit system is handled by the HCA’s office in Sauðárkrókur.
You can contact us by telephone during office hours at 440-6400 or by sending an e-mail to hms[at]hms.is.
Applying for housing benefit online
After you send in a completed application via “My pages” you will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail. If further information or materials are needed, you will be contacted via “My pages” and the e-mail address you give in your application.
It is your responsibility to read, and if necessary respond to, messages sent electronically by the Housing and Construction Authority. Please note that failure to do this by the stated deadline may result in the rejection of your application.
All household members aged 18 and over must then register through “My pages” and give authorisation so that the Housing and Construction Authority can obtain the information it needs to process the housing benefit application.
Applying for housing benefit on paper
Forms for applying on paper can be found here. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend applying online if at all possible. If you apply on paper, you only need to fill out and submit these forms (your application and the authorisations from household members). Rent agreements have to be registered electronically with HMS, see here for further details www.hms.is/leiguskra
If further information is needed, you will be contacted by a letter sent to your domicile address; you can also access such letters through “My pages”. It is your responsibility to read, and if necessary respond to, communications from the Housing and Construction Authority. Please note that failure to do this by the stated deadline may result in the rejection of your application.