First-time Home Equipment (furniture, furnishing)
Initial Refurbishment of the Apartment
In principle, Hartz IV beneficiaries may apply for first aid for the dwelling when moving out of their parental home (first occupancy of the dwelling), provided the relocation to their own household has been approved by the responsible job center.
In the event of the imprisonment being carried out for more than six months, and no own budget can be provided, the beneficiary will also receive the benefits for the initial allowance.
The decision of the Federal Constitutional Court (AZ: B 14 AS 45/08 R) also ruled that there is no application period for the initial furnishing of the apartment if there is need. Therefore, the original equipment does not have to be applied for immediately when the new apartment is purchased
Amount of the Initial Equipment for the Apartment
There is no federal or legal regulation for the amount of the initial equipment. The amount of the services is determined by the respective municipality. A reasonable amount for the initial equipment is usually given by the job center up to an amount of 1,000 euro for a one-person household. In principle, it can not be assumed that a total of € 1,000 can be financed as a whole housing allowance, which is why the amount of the subsidy is not directly linked to new-value items.
What is the Initial Equipment for the Apartment?
The initial equipment includes the necessary housing equipment; for example, furniture or household items, e.g. washing machine, table, chair, bed and bed linen, towels, lighting, crockery, cutlery, iron, vacuum cleaner, etc. As a rule, the housing equipment includes everything necessary to build your own household.
TV and Computer: No Initial Provision
The initial equipment does not normally include multi-media devices such as televisions or computers, since these are not necessary for the household and alternative applications, such as libraries with PC’s, can be used for possible applications. Furthermore, multi-mediators are part of everyday cultural life and are covered by regular services. (Judgments of the BSG AZ: B 14 AS 75/10 R, B 8 SO 3/10 R and AZ: L 6 AS 297/10 B). However, it is possible to request a loan for the purchase of a TV or computer at the job center.
Compensation for Existing Housing
The replacement of furniture and household items is possible within the scope of the original equipment if these were lost or destroyed due to forceful events, such as theft or fire. In this case, however, initial provision is only granted if insurance does not cover it.
Replacement of Existing Housing Equipment
Not to be confused is the initial equipment with replacement procurement. The latter is then the case, for example, when furniture is needed, which, however, already exist, have become useless only through wear and tear. Electronic appliances that are to be exchanged for better energy efficiency are not taken into account for the services of the initial equipment. These costs are not covered by the original equipment, which is why they have to be paid by the service provider by means of the remuneration of the standard service itself.