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Accommodation for temporary refugees

Holders of the temporary refuge status are legally residing in Slovakia. Temporary refuge is granted for the purpose of protecting foreigners from war, endemic violence, the consequences of a humanitarian disaster or persistent or massive human rights violations in their country of origin. 

For the time being, it is granted with an expiry date of 4 March 2025.

Temporary refuge holders can find accommodation themselves directly through property owners or real estate agents, through their family or friends, or accommodation can be arranged by staff at assistance centres, NGOs, any municipal or city office, or on specialised accommodation websites. You can search for rental offers through various websites, such as:

When renting through a real estate agency, the tenant may be required to pay a commission of one month's rent, which must be agreed in advance and stipulated in the contract.

NOTICE OF CHANGE from July 1, 2024

 Persons who are granted temporary refuge can be accommodated in an asylum facility:

1) for a maximum of 120 days from the first provision of temporary refuge in the territory of the Slovak Republic,

2) if they are considered a vulnerable person, which includes:

  1. person who has reached the age of 65,
  2. single parent caring for a child under five years old or an individual personally caring for a child under five years old based on a court decision,
  3. child under five years old of a person mentioned in point b).

A person who is granted temporary refuge and who belongs to the category of vulnerable persons can be accommodated in an asylum facility based on their written request submitted to the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic, for up to six months, and this can be extended repeatedly. Every person accommodated in an asylum facility must submit a written request for an extension of accommodation in the asylum facility no later than 15 days before the period for which they are accommodated in the asylum facility expires. The Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic, when assessing a request for accommodation in an asylum facility or for an extension of accommodation, considers the available accommodation capacity and prioritizes applicants for the first provision of temporary refuge.

A vulnerable person who is granted temporary refuge and who is accommodated in an asylum facility as of June 30, 2024, can stay in an asylum facility until July 31, 2024. If they wish to remain in the asylum facility after July 31, 2024, they must submit a request to the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic for an extension of accommodation by July 15, 2024.

A person who is granted temporary refuge who is not a vulnerable person and is accommodated in an asylum facility as of June 30, 2024, is authorized to remain in the asylum facility until July 31, 2024.

 

Accommodation Allowance from July 1, 2024

The Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic will provide an accommodation allowance for a person who is granted temporary refuge through the municipality in which the accommodation is provided. The allowance is provided for the accommodation of a person who is granted temporary refuge:

1) for a maximum of 120 days from the first provision of temporary refuge in the territory of the Slovak Republic,

2) if they are considered a vulnerable person, which includes:

  1. member of a household receiving material need assistance (a confirmation of provision of material need assistance is required),
  2. person with a severe disability receiving a grant for humanitarian aid (a notification of grant award is required),
  3. person who has reached the age of 65 (an identification document is required),
  4. one of the parents caring for a child under five years old or an individual personally caring for a child under five years old based on a court decision (an affidavit of the parent or court decision is required),
  5. child under five years old of a person mentioned in point d) (an affidavit of the parent or court decision is required).

 The allowance is provided to the entitled person, who can be:

  1. the owner of a residential property providing free of charge accommodation to a person who is granted temporary refuge,
  2. legal entity providing free of charge accommodation to a person who is granted temporary refuge in a non-residential building used for short-term accommodation, which it owns or manages, provided this accommodation is not offered based on a trade license,
  3. municipality or higher territorial unit providing free accommodation to a person who is granted temporary refuge directly or through a budgetary or contributory organization under its authority, except for state budgetary or state contributory organizations.

The entitled person under points b) and c) must notify the municipality of the total accommodation capacity before starting to provide accommodation. They must submit an accommodation agreement to the municipality and, within five working days after the end of each calendar month, submit a report. The contract and report templates are available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic.

A person who is granted temporary refuge and who is receiving accommodation from an entitled person must personally notify the municipality that the entitled person is providing them accommodation:

  1. within three working days from the start of accommodation provision; proof of vulnerability must be also submitted, if it is a vulnerable person, and
  2. twice a month during the accommodation provision, with at least 14 days between notifications.

In the event of any changes in circumstances relevant to assessing vulnerability, the person who is granted temporary refuge and who is receiving accommodation, must personally and without delay notify the municipality and the entitled person.

Amount of the allowance

The allowance is payable to the entitled person from 1 July 2024 in the following amount:

  1. the owner of a residential property providing free of charge accommodation to a person who is granted temporary refuge: EUR 5/person/day,
  2. legal entity providing free of charge accommodation to a person who is granted temporary refuge in a non-residential building used for short-term accommodation, which it owns or manages, provided this accommodation is not offered based on a trade license: EUR 6/person/day,
  3. municipality or higher territorial unit providing free accommodation to a person who is granted temporary refuge directly or through a budgetary or contributory organization under its authority, except for state budgetary or state contributory organizations: EUR 6/person/day.

The law sets limits of maximum allowance for the owner of a residential property providing free of charge accommodation to a person who is granted temporary refuge depending on the number of habitable rooms:

  • one room - maximum EUR 390 per calendar month,
  • two rooms - maximum EUR 540 per calendar month,
  • three rooms - max. EUR 720 per calendar month,
  • four or more rooms - max. EUR 900 per calendar month.

The allowance is not provided to an entitled person if:

  1. the entitled person is entitled to other financial benefits related to providing accommodation to a temporary refugee,
  2. if they accommodate a temporary refugee who is being provided accommodation in an asylum facility,
  3. if they accommodate a temporary refugee who is an owner or co-owner of property in the territory of the Slovak Republic, or
  4. if they provide accommodation to a close person (a relative in the direct line, a sibling, and a spouse; other persons, if the harm suffered by one of them would reasonably be felt by the other as their own).

 

Accommodation Allowance until June 30, 2024

As Temporary Refuge Status holders, the accommodation allowance is available to you. This is an allowance provided under the Asylum Act and paid by the state to accommodation providers. You may or may not be able to use this allowance. Currently the allowance is paid until 30 June 2024.

Basic information about the temporary refugee accommodation allowance:

  • The basic condition for receiving the allowance is that the landlord and the returnee have a contract. Here you can find a model CONTRACT for accommodation in a private flat or family home, via the Ministry of the Interior's scheme.
  • An application for a lodging allowance for a temporary refugee`s accommodation is made by the accommodation provider.
  • The accommodation agreement, together with your personal details including proof of temporary shelter, will be submitted by the accommodation provider to the municipal or town office at the place of accommodation.
  • You will then notify the municipality or town hall each month whether you continue to be housed.
  • The temporary protection holder is required to notify the municipality in person once a month during the period in which the accommodation is still being provided.

Owners of hotels, guesthouses and hostels providing accommodation on a commercial basis. These providers can receive allowances through the scheme covered by Act on Tourism. All information regarding the accommodation allowance can be found on the Department for Transport website, here.

The accommodation contract sets out the basic conditions under which accommodation can be provided.

Amount of the allowance

The allowance is payable to the accommodation provider until 30 June 2024 in the following amount:

- Accommodation in apartments and family houses: EUR 5/person/day.

- Collective accommodation facility for non-business purposes (allowances granted from ministry of interior) EUR 6/person/day.

- Hotels, guesthouses and hostels: EUR 6/person/day.

Warning !!!
As of 1 March 2024, accommodation allowances for accommodating temporary protection holders have been halved, meaning less income for many landlords to offset accommodation costs.

- If you are staying in a hotel, guest house or hostel, your landlord may ask for the additional accommodation fee

BUT

- If you are staying in an apartment or family home, your landlord CANNOT charge you extra rent.

 

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