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Monday, 27 February 2017

Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme for Service Personnel Launched

A new Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme has been launched (6 July 2015) to allow Service personnel (SP) to apply for a loan, in the form of an advance of pay. This is to meet the cost of a deposit for a rental property, mirroring a similar scheme for civilian personnel.

Moving home within the private rental sector can be expensive, and sometimes affording a deposit can prevent personnel considering private rental as an accommodation option. The DCLG has developed a new initiative through which they allow staff to apply for an advance of salary to help meet the cost of a private rental deposit. The MOD has implemented a similar scheme for both Service and civilian personnel. For SP it will be provided through the Advance of Pay mechanism. All Regular and Full Time Reserve Service personnel, who have completed at least two months’ service, are eligible to apply for the scheme. However, overseas personnel are already eligible to apply for an advance of pay on assignment and are excluded from the scheme*; other detailed eligibility criteria may be found in the JSP 754 and in T Letter 315/15.

The initiative was developed by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to assist workers in meeting the cost of a deposit to support mobility. The MOD has adopted the scheme, recognising that this provides a further element of choice, especially for those SP who are not entitled to SFA.

It is limited only to the cost of the deposit and, aligned with current Advance of Pay policy (Chapter 2, Section 5 of JSP 754), must be repaid over 12 months.

* They would become eligible to apply on return assignment to UK.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

SFA Accommodation: Move In Standard Tick Sheet Booklet

Move In Standard Tick Sheet BookletThis booklet details the Move In standard ensuring that you know exactly what is the recognised requirement for a property at Move In. At the back of the booklet is the Definition of Uninhabitable Property; setting out the exceptional circumstances that would prevent you from moving into your property at Move In

Monday, 20 February 2017

SFA Accommodation - Move Out Standard Tick Sheet: Carillionamey

Move Out Standard Tick SheetThis booklet details the Move Out standard required of your SFA ensuring that you know exactly what is required from you to get your property to the agreed standard. At the back of the booklet you can find details of the Walk Away scheme and the Schedule of Rates detailing the costs that you can pay if you want to simply walk away from the property, allowing our CA services to undertake the cleaning.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Licence to Occupy Insurance

Did you know?If you occupy Service Family Accommodation be it either SFA or SSFA you will have signed an agreement when you moved into the property called a Service Licence to Occupy Service Family Accommodation (known as a Licence to Occupy). Due to this, you are not classed as a tenant.  The Services Insurance and Investment Panel (siiap) have a web page that details a number of insurance providers who can organise policies that have been designed specifically for SFA Occupants.  The webpage can be found at: http://siiap.org/l2o

Friday, 3 February 2017

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

14 Day Observation Form

Please make sure that you complete your 14 Day Observation Report within the 14 day period after moving into your Service Family Accommodation. 

The form is not for reporting maintenance repairs but as a record for future reference. Make sure that you include anything you have identified that was not picked up at your Move In, and that you do not wish to be charged for when it comes to your Move Out. This includes stains on carpets, chips in skirting boards and damage to kitchen units etc. Do not include items that can be repaired, such as a dripping tap. 

These should be reported to the Helpdesk: 0800 707 6000.