Housing 


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Eligibility for final removals
Charges on move-out
The Joint Services Housing Advice Office (JSHAO)
Social housing
Forces Help to Buy Scheme
Notice to vacate guidance for SFA customers from DIO
Irregular Occupancy – What happens when a ‘Notice to Vacate’ has expired?
Has a local council refused a Certificate of Cessation?
The Cotswold Centre - a temporary housing solution

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Eligibility for final removals

The Army doesn’t pay for your first or final move, so please be aware of the costs associated with moving and prepare accordingly. There is a little known regulation covering ‘Final Tour of Duty’ requests. Provision does exist for paying both Disturbance Expense (DE) and Removal of Personal Effects (RPE) at public expense for a final move, providing that a request to reside in a particular area has previously been made to the appropriate Career Manager. For more information, click here

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Charges on move-out

All charges for damages and deficiencies on SFA and SSFA in the UK are now recovered from the soldier’s pay. For more information on how to prepare for move-out, click here

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The Joint Services Housing Advice Office (JSHAO)

The Joint Services Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) provides advice and guidance, to you and the serving soldier, about housing options when making the transition to civilian life. 

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Social housing

Social housing is very scarce and most councils have long waiting lists – the Armed Forces Covenant means that you will not be disadvantaged by not having a local connection, however, it will NOT mean that you get to the top of the list. Click here for more details.

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Forces Help to Buy Scheme

The scheme aims to address low levels of home ownership in the Armed Forces, overcoming the disadvantages that mobility brings in line with the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. It will support greater lifestyle choice and retention of personnel. If you have at least six months left to serve at the time of application you may be eligible. Click here for further details. 

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Notice to vacate guidance for SFA customers from DIO

When your entitlement to SFA finishes, perhaps because of end of Service, divorce or discharge, you will be issued with a Notice to Vacate (NTV) by DIO.

An NTV is legal notice of the termination of your licence to occupy SFA and is generally 93 days. During this period, you will still pay Service rates for the property and this money will still be collected direct from your soldier via JPA.

For more information on why it is issued and what you should do when you have received it, click here

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Irregular Occupancy – What happens when a ‘Notice to Vacate’ has expired?

Although it happens more than you might think, Irregular Occupancy isn’t a subject commonly discussed, unless you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of perhaps a marital breakdown, or just at the end of your Service. Forget the term illegal occupancy (as it is often called), there is nothing illegal about finding yourself in an SFA when your entitlement has ceased. Read more

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Has a local council refused a Certificate of Cessation?

Have you or anyone you know had a local council refuse to take the Certificate of Cessation (issued by the DIO as proof of imminent homelessness) and been told that you have to go to court and be evicted? We know that this is happening but we need proof to change things. Read more

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The Cotswold Centre - a temporary housing solution

If you have been the subject of emergency evacuation from overseas,are in transit between postings, retiring or you have welfare housing issues; the Services Cotswold Centre at Corsham provides a secure affordable place to stay. Visit the Services Cotswold Centre information on the GOV.UK website.

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AFF Specialist

Cat Calder
Tel: 0778 955 1158
Email: housing@aff.org.uk

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