Housing


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When do I need to move out of my SFA?
The 93 days are up in the middle of my son’s GCSEs, can we retain our SFA until they’re finished?
Where do I live now?
How do I apply for social housing?
When I move out, will the Army pay for my removals?
My spouse has left me and I am still in the SFA. Can I stop them coming into the SFA?
Will the Army provide suitable accommodation for my estranged serving partner so the children can stay with them at weekends/holidays?

 

When do I need to move out of my SFA?

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Loss of Entitlement Team can offer support during this period. Click here for more information.

Once the Service person has informed their unit of their change of PStat category, the unit will inform the CarillionAmey Occupancy Services Team. They will then issue a Notice to Vacate, giving you 93 days to leave the SFA.

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The 93 days are up in the middle of my son’s GCSEs, can we retain our SFA until they’re finished?

To retain your SFA longer than the 93 days, you must complete the Proportionality Form, and submit it to the Irregular Occupancies Team with all the relevant information and supporting evidence.

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Where do I live now?

There are different housing options, such as private rental, Housing Association housing and social housing. Social housing is not easily accessible in many areas, and it is important to consider all possible options and locations.

Local Authorities do have a duty of care to house homeless people, but it may be in a B&B or hostel rather than a permanent house. 

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How do I apply for social housing?

  • Talk to your current Local Authority and register as homeless
  • Your Notice to Vacate should be taken as proof of homelessness
  • Talk to the Local Authority you want to move to – they may allow direct applications
  • Talk to your Local Authority’s homeless department and ask a Housing Officer to outline other housing options
  • Talk to Citizens Advice to ensure you know what housing and other benefits you’re entitled to
  • Contact the Joint Service Housing Advice Office who can offer information on your civilian housing options  

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When I move out, will the Army pay for my removals?

If your family has separated and is moving out of your SFA, you get your removals paid for. Your Unit Welfare Officer should help you apply for removals through Agility. However, if you subsequently reunite and move back in together, you have to pay for this removal yourself. 

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My spouse has left me and I am still in the SFA. Can I stop them coming into the SFA?

Once their Pstat category has been changed, the spouse becomes the licencee of the SFA, although the Service person will still be required to pay for it.

There should ideally be a mini handover from the Service person to the spouse on separating, so keys may be handed over then but as the Service person still pays for the SFA, the legal basis of whether they can enter is unclear.

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Will the Army provide suitable accommodation for my estranged serving partner so the children can stay with them at weekends/holidays?

Divorced Service personnel who do not have full or sole custody of their children are not currently entitled to SFA unless there is a surplus available, which is rare in most areas.

They can use contact/welfare houses, where available. Otherwise, DIO has no responsibility for providing accommodation for single/divorced personnel to have visits from their children.  

 

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