Army Accommodation: Upgrades & Maintenance

Personnel occupying single living accommodation (SLA) in the UK can expect higher quality properties and improved levels of maintenance, the Army’s head of infrastructure plans has said. Some £450m is to be spent upgrading Army SLA over the next ten years, which will see nearly 4,000 bed spaces built from scratch and 1,100 refurbished by… Read More

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How To Execute a Military (House) Move

Moving to a new place can be difficult for any family, but it can be even more challenging for military families. The constant moves and deployments can wear on you – both mentally and physically. But there are steps that you can take to make the process easier – and in some cases, maybe even… Read More

What were the Quartering Acts?

Introduction The Quartering Acts were two or more Acts of British Parliament requiring local governments of the American colonies to provide the British soldiers with housing and food. Each of the Quartering Acts was an amendment to the Mutiny Act and required annual renewal by Parliament. They were originally intended as a response to issues… Read More

Help to Buy & the Personal Information Note: PDF vs Mail

Question The Forces Help to Buy (FHTB) is an excellent scheme and I was delighted when my initial approval for funds came back in a single day. However, the system starts to struggle when it comes to the personal information note, which is required by a mortgage lender and also a solicitor as proof of… Read More

Can A Private Individual Rent Service Family Accommodation?

Question If an individual, either a service person or otherwise, wishes to rent Service Family Accommodation (SFA) as privately rented accommodation how do they make an application to do this? Answer The Ministry of Defence (MOD) have a sub-letting programme, and in certain areas there is availability for properties to be let privately. The sub-letting… Read More

Can I Have My Rent Deducted Direct from My Pay By a Private Landlord?

Question Is it possible for a private landlord, or similar such party, engaged in a private agreement for housing rental to have the rent deducted directly from a service person’s salary and reflected on their payslip? Answer (Short Version) Yes. Answer (Longer Version) Overall, I would like to advise that the mechanism you outline is… Read More

Online Housing Advice for Service Personnel

The Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) has launched an online forum for service personnel and families. The Skype presentation is still delivered in the same format, with a financial mortgage advisor online, providing details on the mortgage process and answering any queries. This new delivery method provides personnel and their families with the ability… Read More