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Monday, 13 June 2016

JSHAO - Do You Know About Your Housing Options?

Where can I find out more information?  Attend a brief near you - the programme is available via the JSHAO webpages on gov.uk.  Alternatively contact the JSHAO via email:  AWS-JSHAO-Mailbox@mod.uk or telephone 01252 787574 (Mil: 94222 7574)

What’s in it for me?  Understanding the options to make informed choices now, and knowing what financial initiatives are available for the Armed Forces – such as the Forces Help to Buy Scheme, Help to Buy ISA, Affordable Housing Schemes, Buy-to-Let, and much more.

I’m in entitled Service Accommodation – I’ll think about it when I discharge!  That decision is a minimum of five years too late!  SLA charge vs. a rented 1-bed flat could be as much as five times more (500%) without bills!

It’s OK, my terminal benefit (lump sum) will buy a property!  No – it will barely cover a deposit these days!

I’ve done my Service duty and entitled to Social Housing – the Local Authority will help me, won’t they?  They will if they can, but Social Housing is not a lifestyle choice and is in very short supply.  All applications are assessed on housing priority need.  Singles, under 35 years of age will find it extremely difficult to get anything other than bedsit style accommodation.  Housing for large families is not easy to get.  There is just not enough social housing available.  Social housing should be the last.com resort not the first choice option.

Are JSHAO Housing Briefs only for those on Resettlement?   No, the JSHAO is the MOD’s tri-service focal point to provide Service Personnel and their entitled family member(s) with civilian housing information, and access to independent financial advice (through siiap.org) for those considering civilian accommodation at any time in their career, and for those during resettlement to assist with the transition to civilian life.