Compensation can surpass 1,600 euros

Government announces how much tenants with block heating will get

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The government is cushioning the impact of the rising energy prices on citizens' wallets by means of a price cap — a maximum price for electricity and gas up to a particular level of consumption per energy connection. Last year, the government paid out a one-off allowance of  380 euros but those who share a connection with others (such as students) risked not being able to benefit from that.

1,600 euros
In November, the Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Rob Jetten, decided that these people would be helped too. The amounts were announced last Wednesday. Tenants of ‘self-contained’ apartments with a block connection for gas and/or electricity will get at least 1,598 euros. In that case, students without their own front door can get 670 euros.

Owners or managers of housing complexes with a block connection can apply to the Tax and Customs Administration to receive the money in two rounds, probably starting in February. The student housing providers are still considering exactly when and how to set the amounts off against monthly service charges. Depending on what happens to energy prices in the future, the amounts could be a little higher in the second round.

Allowance for block connections




Self-contained residential units




Non-self-contained residential units





Source: Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Minimum amounts in euros.

380 euros
The government had already indicated in December that households with block connections would also get compensation for missing out on the one-off allowance. If they have a block connection for electricity, tenants of self-contained residential units will get 380 euros. For non-self-contained residential units, the amount will probably be lower.