Upper limits for real estate in Hartz IV constitutional

Upper limits for real estate under Hartz IV constitutionally

Released on 02.02.

  • The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa
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    How much property can you own if you claim government benefits? The highest German court in Karlsruhe has now made a decision.


    Specifications for Hartz IV recipients regarding the maximum size of residential property are, following a decision by the Federal Constitutional Court, part of the Basic Law compatible.

    Public funds to help members in need should only be provided in cases of actual need the highest German court in Karlsruhe announced. In concrete terms, this means that if, for example, a family owns a house or a larger apartment and the children move out, the number of square meters that is considered appropriate for receiving state benefits decreases.

    Those affected would not be denied any benefits that they needed to secure their livelihood, the judges decided. “Because they own their own home, which they can use and thus secure their needs themselves.” (Az. 1 BvL 12/20) (dpa)

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