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    Germany's Overseas Housing Allowance survey open Jan. 1– your input affects your housing rates

    Overseas Housing Allowance survey open – your input affects your housing rates

    Photo By Beth Clemons | The annual Overseas Housing Allowance Survey for Germany is open from 1 January to 31...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Dani Debehets 

    U.S. Army Europe and Africa     

    Germany's annual Overseas Housing Allowance Survey is open from 1 January to 31 March 2022, and all Service members receiving OHA, except those sharing rent, are highly encouraged to participate.

    The results of the survey directly impacts the amount of housing allowance each service member receives, as the overseas housing allowance is a cost-reimbursement based allowance.

    Spouses are encouraged to complete the survey if the service member is unavailable.

    According to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Military Compensation Policy Directorate, Service members receiving OHA for off-post rental housing, except those sharing rent, should take the survey at

    Completing the survey is critical to ensure OHA rates for the Utility and Recurring Maintenance Allowance and Move-In Housing Allowance (MIHA) are properly set for Service Members (SM) assigned throughout Germany. The survey results directly impact the amount of OHA each SM receives.

    This year’s survey will capture actual utility expense and recurring maintenance expense amounts provided by participants, referencing utility bills and receipts or estimates for maintenance expenses. Move in expenses can be reported from the date of occupying private rental since 2019, referencing receipts or estimates of these costs.

    Reportable Utility/Recurring Maintenance expenses include the following:

    Electricity; Natural gas for heating and cooking; bottled gas; Other household fuels such as kerosene, heating oil, coal, firewood; Sewer; Trash; Running water for residence; Bottled water for drinking; Rental insurance required by custom, law or lease; Maintenance and repair costs (excluding yard or lawn maintenance)

    Reportable Move-In expenses include the following:

    Air conditioners and/or fans; Air purifiers; Burglar alarm; Cabinets; Carbon monoxide detectors; Clothes dryer; Curtain and/or shower rods; Dishwasher; Door locks and keys; Electricity hook-up fees; Freezer; Fumigation; Heating hook-up fees; Home inspection; Humidifiers and/or dehumidifiers; Insulation material; Permanent fixtures; Plumbing hook-up fees; Refrigerator; Security doors; Shelving; Sinks and/or toilet seats; Smoke detectors; Space heaters; Stove; Telephone hook-up fees; Transformers and/or voltage regulators; Trash and/or recycling containers; Wallpaper and/or painting; Wardrobes (i.e. clothing storage); Washing machine; Water heater; Water purifier; Window and/or door screens; Window bars; Window coverings; Other move-in expenses may be reported in the comments section at the end of the survey.

    Visit to complete the survey.

    You have a say in your pay!



    Date Taken: 12.21.2021
    Date Posted: 02.24.2021 02:31
    Story ID: 389599
    Location: DE

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