Government Leased Housing
Inbound personnel scheduled for a dormitory are not authorized TLA.
Contact your First Sergeant and Unaccompanied Housing Office (UHO) to get a hospitality room. Unaccompanied First Term Airmen will stay in a dormitory, and arrangements MUST be made 14 days before arrival.
If your sponsor has not yet arranged a dorm room for you, or if you would like to confirm the arrangements, please contact the UHO for details.
Unaccompanied Housing Office (UHO)
Commercial +44 (0)1638-54-5735
Dorms are available for single airmen of grades of senior airmen and below.
This is dependent on the configuration of the assigned dorm. Almost every dorm will have different furnishings in each building. The basics should include a bed, chest of drawers, desk, and chair. Dorms also provide newcomers linens for their bed – pillow, pillowcase, sheets, and blanket.
In older dorms, airmen may have to share a bathroom and will not have a kitchen. In somewhat newer dorms airmen may share a bathroom and a kitchen with a suitemate. In newer dorms, airmen will have their own bathroom but share a common area and kitchen.
The gaining unit should assign the inbound personnel a sponsor.
Living off-base in the English community has its rewards and challenges. There are several steps to complete the housing process to include finding a house, signing a lease agreement, receiving your household goods, and setting up utilities. Do not sign any agreement without the Housing Offices’ approval.
For more details, you’ll hear from the RAF Lakenheath Housing Office during Team Mildenhall Newcomers’ Orientation on Tuesdays.
For more details contact the Housing Office at email@example.com.
Your sponsor may be able to assist you in house-hunting. If they are not available there are local low-cost car rentals off-base. Housing counselors may be available with prior coordination.
Neither the U.S. Air Force nor the government insures your unit, government property, or your personal property.
Overseas Housing Allowance
Your OHA will start on the date of your lease agreement. Do not use OHA for services outside of rent and utilities.
Details about other allowances are below:
OHA is paid at your maximum rental allowance or the maximum rent of the property (whichever is lower).
If the rental payment is over your entitled OHA, that cost is covered by you.
Understand that landlords have the right to lower or higher the cost of rent at the end of each term (one year at a time). Keep this in mind as you search for a home within your OHA cap.
Utility allowance will be provided for payments on electricity, heating and water.
You will be provided with an Energy Performance Certificate of a property before renting. The rating is from A to G with A being the most efficient and G being the least.
You are exempt from paying council tax but will need to complete and submit the council tax exemption form. Failure to complete this will result in fines and court appearances and any associated fees.
MIHA is a one-time payment to assist with additional costs you may receive while you move into your home off-base.
AOHA is an interest-free loan from the Finance Office to pay initial expenses associated with the first two months' rent and deposit.
Be sure to ask about the Internet speed before moving on base or deciding on a house off base. Different providers offer competitive pricing. However, certain providers may not be able to guarantee fast connection speeds depending on the location of your residence. To check what provider works best in your area and has the best deal type your postcode into a price comparison website such as:
For more UK money-saving ideas:
There are several different options in regard to home phones. Many opt to use their cell phones as their primary phone, thus eliminating the need for a landline. If you choose to set up a landline, many companies (such as those listed above) offer bundle packages.
You will need to obtain a television license if you plan to watch live TV or live stream video on any device (TV, cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) or any BBC programs on iPlayer. For more info go to TV Licensing.
Delivery of your property
While waiting for your furniture to arrive, temporary items are available for you to use (whether you live on- or off-base) through your installation’s Furnishings Management Section (FMS). You can also contact your local A&FRC for loan locker items.
Note: Your local A&FRC has fax machines and printers for you to use to obtain copies.
For more details contact the Recycling Program Manager or the Community Relations Advisor.
Recycling Program Manager
Commercial +44 (0)1638-54-5551
Community Relations Advisor
Commercial +44 (0)1638-54-2254
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