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Question:
What are some of the benefits of living on-post?

Answer:
Living in government furnished quarters is convenient, safe, and cost-effective.

Question:
What are some thing I can do to safeguard my home?

Answer:
Ensure your home has proper security by having (and using) security features such as peepholes, caller ID on your phone, deadbolt locks, window locks, and anti-jimmy devices on sliding glass doors. Other suggestions include keeping emergency phone numbers

Question:
What are the eligibility requirements for the different types of on-post housing?

Answer:
In general, Soldiers with family members who are on accompanied tours are eligible to live in on-post family housing facilities or, if housing is unavailable, are authorized Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) with dependents rates. Quarters are assigned based on rank, the date a Soldier departs his/her previous assignment, and availability.

Question:
What do I need to do to clear government quarters when I relocate?

Answer:
Clearing quarters refers to the process of turning over your government furnished residence back to the government in an acceptable state. The requirements for clearing quarters varies slightly from installation to installation. In general, however, you must make sure the residence is clean and clear of all personal property. If the property came with a lawn or backyard, you may be required to have the grass mowed and walkways edged. You should have properly maintained the quarters in terms of ensuring all light fixtures, appliances, heating and air conditioning units are working properly or deficiencies reported in to the Housing office prior to clearing quarters. Contact your local housing officer for more information on the specific requirements for clearing quarters in your military community.

Question:
What is a "Military Clause" in terms of renting a house or apartment off-post?

Answer:
Including a military clause in a home or apartment lease or rental agreement allows the renter to terminate his/her lease earlier than that for which it is contracted if he/she receives Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders relocating him/her out of the area. A military clause is often included for the benefit of the home owner, if military, to allow him/her to evict the renters if the military home owner receives Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders relocating him/her back into the area.

Question:
What is a home safety checklist?

Answer:
A home safety checklist is a list of items or situations in your home that you should check on periodically to reduce and eliminate accidents in your home and establish procedures to follow in the event of danger that threatens the safety of you and your family.

Question:
What is the Self-Help Store in my military community?

Answer:
The Self-Help store in your military community is to assist residents of on-post (government) housing in maintaining their home. They typically stock standard maintenance supplies such as (e.g., heater filters, shower heads, curtain rods, grass seed and lawn fertilizer) as well as some equipment that you can borrow (e.g., lawn mowers, edgers, hedge clippers and other gardening tools, ladders, etc.).

Question:
What kind of home security measures should I be aware of?

Answer:
Some things to consider to feel more secure in your home, CONUS and OCONUS are: peepholes, deadbolt locks, window locks, anti-jimmy devices on sliding glass doors, emergency telephone numbers readily accessible, caller ID, etc.

Question:
What kind of on-post lodging is available for service members and their families during PCS moves?

Answer:
Most military installations have on-post lodging facilities for service members and their families to use during Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves or on leisure travel. Priority for lodging space is usually given to service members traveling on orders.

Question:
What things should I look for in a rental agreement for housing?

Answer:
Rental agreements for housing should list any restrictions that apply in terms of the tenant (such as whether or not pets are allowed or whether the tenant can alter the property in any way such as interior painting) as well as what services the tenant can expect of the landlord. The rental agreement should also list the monthly rental fee for the property and any deposits paid, the length of the contract, and the consequences if the tenant is late with a payment or if he/she wishes to terminate the lease earlier than for which it is contracted. It is advisable for service members to make sure a military clause is included in their rental agreements that allows for early termination of the lease in the event that they receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders relocating them to a new location earlier than expected. Both the tenant(s) and landlord(s) should sign the lease signifying their understanding and acceptance of the contract.
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