Mandatory Housing Policy
USAG Stuttgart has a Command Policy for Mandatory Assignment to Housing for all military ranks when on-post housing can be projected or available within 60 days of arrival.
Military personnel E-7 and above must schedule an In-Processing Appointment. During the in-processing appointment, the housing counselor will determine if on post housing quarters can be projected. If projections go beyond 60 days of arrival, a Certificate of Non-availability will be issued so the service member can start a private rental search.
All Military personnel E-6 and below will be housed on post.
ARMY REGULATION 420-1, ARMY FACILITIES MANAGEMENT - Section 3-16, Paragraph K: Mandatory assignment (foreign areas only). The garrison commander may mandatorily assign adequate housing if necessary to maintain maximum occupancy.
Eligibility Dates and Waiting Lists
Eligibility for Housing is determined by the date that you leave your last permanent duty station. Sponsors may be placed on a waiting list prior departing their losing installation, by submitting a DD 1746 (Housing Application) and by providing us a copy of your PCS orders.
Sponsors must sign-in at the new duty station (CPF) to receive an eligibility date and before assignment is made to quarters. Upon in-processing a copy of your leave request/approval will be required to substantiate your date departed last permanent duty station. Families are not jumped or skipped on any waiting list. However a family can be displaced by another family that has a higher eligibility date.
In processing with housing must be completed within 30 days of arrivals or receipt of command sponsorship to maintain your original eligibility date of date departed last duty station or date of command sponsorship approval. Beyond 30 days, or service members making tour changes, the effective date on the waiting list will be date of application. If service member does not in-process with a housing counselor TLA may be stopped as well.
USAG Stuttgart Command Army Family Housing Policy Letter
Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH)
E-7 and above:
All unaccompanied personnel (Permanent Party and Reservist) E-7 and above, contact the Housing Office for availability or projected BOQ/ BEQ. Most senior enlisted quarters (SEQ) and bachelor officers quarters (BOQ) are small one bedroom, furnished apartments with kitchenettes or a common kitchen per floor.
ALL E6 and below:
Regardless of branch of service, ALL E6 and below are required to live in the barracks with shared or private bedroom with either a shared bath or common latrine.
Upon arrival Unaccompanied Personnel E-6 and below please report to your Barracks Managers:EUCOM: SGT Bertotti, Bldg. 2308 Patch, DSN 430-7779 CIV 0711-680-7779
- 52nd Signal: SGT James, Bldg. 2313 Patch, DSN 592-5802/5800
- 1/10 SFG: SGT Grandowicz, Bldg. 2960 Panzer DSN 431-3244 CIV 07031-15-3244554
- MP: SGT Almeida, Bldg. 2914 Panzer DSN 431-2780
- AFRICOM: Mr. Laguna Bldg. 3306 Kelley, DSN 421-4247 CIV 0162-6432906
- MARFOR: SGT Vonhindenfalken, Bldg. 2900 Panzer DSN 431-3578 CIV 07031-15-3578
- HHC: SFC Fields, Bldg. 2974 Panzer DSN 596-3110
Shipping Full JFTR HHG Allowance
- Grades E–9, CW3, CW4, CW5, O–3 and above: 400 square feet net living area: living room, bedroom, private bath, and access to kitchen
- Grades WO1, CW2, O–1, O–2: 250 square feet net living area: sleeping/living room, private bath
- Grades E–7 & E–8: 270 square feet net living area: private room, private bath
- Grades E–5 & E–6: 135 square feet net living area: private room
- Grades E–1-4: 90 square feet net living area, not more than two per room.
It is therefore recommended that unaccompanied SM's do NOT ship their full JFTR HHG allowance as your personal items will not fit in barracks rooms. Service members who DO elect to have full JTR allowances shipped will be required to locate Non Temporary Storage (NTS) and pay for the storage out of pocket (please note that storage facilities are extremely limited in Germany and having full JTR HHG is not adequate justification for CNA approval).
If upon arrival it is determined that adequate barracks space is not projected to be available for a service member within 60 days, the service member will be issued a Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) to reside off post. Service members may at that point contact transportation and have their full JFTR allowance shipped to them.
Civilian Personnel Housing
The Civilian Personnel Office (CPAC) is the first point of contact for U.S. Government Civilians or DAC personnel concerning housing entitlements and allowances.
All military reservist on per diem for six month or more must contact the UPH office for assistance with short-term furnished off-post apartments.
Upon arrival in Stuttgart, please visit the housing office after your initial in processing with the Central Processing Facility (CPF) on Panzer Kaserne, Bldg. 2913. The Housing Office is located on the second floor. All personnel on permanent change of station orders (PCS) to Stuttgart (both Military and Civilians) must in-process with housing office no later than 2 business days from date of arrival.
For more information on housing call: +49 (0)9641-70-596-2230 or DSN: 596-2230 or email Housing Office Email.
Make an appointment for a one-on-one meeting with a housing counselor. This step is required to receive and assistance from the Housing Office regarding your overseas move.
Housing Application DD 1746
Both military and civilian personnel must complete this application.Information will be used to update and or create personnel housing records and helps determine eligibility dates.After completing the DD-1746, and the housing brief, eligible DOD civilian can begin their off post house hunting search and utilize the off-post housing contractor.
DD 1746 Mandatory Fields Blocks 2 -14:
Block 6: A Hotel Name & Room # can be used
Provide US cell phone or German cell phone numbers or both.
Block 13: Use unit/organization assigned
Block 21: Provide both .com and .mil emails
Please make sure you sign the application before sending to the housing office.
Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)
Regardless of branch of service, service members that are required to live in On-Post Quarters are required to check-in with the Housing Office once a week to find out your status on the waiting list. Service members who are authorized to seek Off-Post Quarters must prove an aggressive housing search in order to continue authorization of TLA. Authorization is given, by way of Certificate of non-availability (CNA). Aggressive private rental search is categorized as viewing 2-3 homes per first 10 day period and 4-5 homes after the initial 10 days.
If after 30 days you have not signed a tentative and valid rental contract with a projected move-in date prior to the 60th day of TLA, you will be required to obtain a temporary month to month type of lease, while you continue house hunting. All Branches of Service are reimbursed TLA in 10 day increments. Submit lodging bills to the Housing Office, who will issue you a memo validating TLA dates. That memo should then be turned into the service member finance office for reimbursement. For Off-Post hotel, Statement of non-availability (SNA) number is required issued by hotel.
Personal convenience is never a justification to extend TLA beyond regulatory guidance.TLA - Temporary Lodging Allowance
Temporary Quarters and Subsistence Allowance (TQSA): Civilian
The purpose of TQSA is to assist with temporary lodging, meals, laundry and dry cleaning in a foreign area when an employee first arrives at a new post and permanent quarters are not yet available, or when an employee is getting ready to depart the foreign post permanently and must vacate residential quarters. An employee cannot receive the post (cost-of-living) allowance when receiving the TQSA. An employee may receive TQSA and Living Quarters Allowance at the same time when departing post only with agency permission for unusual circumstances described at DSSR 124.1 and DSSR 132.41a.
Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA): Military
While stationed overseas and living off-post, military personnel will receive OHA instead of Basic Allowance Housing (BAH).
Rent caps for off-post housing are established by rank. A service member will either receive OHA based on rent or the rent cap, whichever is less. Service member will also receive a monthly utility allowance that will help offset utility costs.
Living Quarter Allowance (LQA): Civilian
Living Quarters Allowance (LQA): This allowance is granted to an employee to help defray the annual cost of suitable, adequate living quarters for the employee and his/her family at a foreign post where government-leased or -owned housing is not provided. The LQA rates are designed to substantially cover the average employee's costs for rent, utilities, required taxes levied by the local government, and other allowable expenses. Living quarters allowance rates are categorized by "quarters groups" based on the employee's grade level or rank and his/her family size. Additional amounts of up to 10%, 20%, or 30% above the LQA rates may be allowed for larger families. For further information on LQA see DSSR 130. DSSR 136 contains guidance for employees occupying personally-owned quarters.
Advance Housing Allowance (Army only)
Take a signed copy of the USAG Stuttgart rental contract to your unit personnel administration (S1) to request an advance Advance Housing Allowance form to pay the first month rent and security deposit, that typically equals two months rent.
For details, contact your unit finance office.
All service members residing in government controlled quarters On-Post and Private rental quarters are required to clear through the USAG Stuttgart Housing Office, Housing Services Branch located in Bldg. 2913, 2nd floor, Panzer Kaserne.
Bachelor Officer and Senior Enlisted Quarters’ occupants are required to clear through the USAG Stuttgart Housing Office, UPH Branch Bldg. 2913, Panzer Kaserne.
Single Soldiers, occupying barracks, must clear their barracks room through their unit.
360 Tour of On-Post Housing
Residents who are assigned to Army Family housing (AFH) are responsible for maintaining and controlling their pets in accordance with AE SUPPLEMENT 1 TO AR 420-1, Appendix DD.
No more than two dogs or cats or combination thereof, are authorize per dwelling unit. Other domestic pets including non-dangerous birds and aquarium fish, and non-snapping turtle are authorize in AFH. Exotic pets or farm animals (for example, snakes, ferrets, lizards, snapping turtles, pot belly pigs, chickens, goats, ducks etc.) are prohibited. Additionally, if required to move off post you will find that families with more than two pets have difficulty obtaining off post accommodations. Landlords typically require a substantial pet deposit for even one pet.
Sponsor and their spouses will ensure that pets are controlled so they do not become a public nuisance or menace. Animals that habitually bite, scratch, attack, or otherwise threaten people without provocation are a community health menace and will not be allowed in Government-controlled housing or facilities. A severe incident (for example, an animal attacking an individual) is cause for removal of the offending animal, regardless of the absence of prior incidents
Pet owners residing in AFH are subject to host nation (HN) laws governing the treatment of pets. HN law and Army in Europe policy prohibit inhumane and abusive treatment of animals. Inhumane and abusive treatment is define as any act or omission whereby an animal's physical or psychological wellbeing is compromised unnecessarily. Punishment for violation of HN law may be in the form of fines or removal of the pet from the owner's possession. In cases where inhumane and abusive treatment is defined as any act or omission whereby an animal's physical or psychological wellbeing is compromised unnecessarily. Punishment for violation of HN law may be in the form of fines or removal of the pet from the owner's possession. In cases where owners are negligent in pet care or supervision, immediate action will be taken to have the pet removed from the area.
Breeding pets and the construction and maintenance of kennel-type operations are prohibited in Government-controlled housing When outside the owner's quarters; animals must be kept on a leash and accompanied by an individual capable of controlling the pet. Dogs shall not be left alone in quarters overnight or for any period more than 8 hours. Children under the age of 12 without adult supervision are considered incapable of properly controlling pets.
Please review AE SUPP 1 TO AR 420-1 Appendix DD on Pet Policy in Family Housing.
Locations: Patch Barracks Building 2333
Hours of operation: Mon-Wed-Fri 0900-1300 Tue-Thur. 1100-1500 Sat 1000-1400
Mobile Ship Store RB Tue. and Thur. 1100-1500 Community Club parking lot. To request an item to your installation, contact the Service Order Desk.
Who it's for: On Post Housing Residents / Building Coordinators
Can people donate items there: No, but items can be taken to each installation Coordinator for disposal or to the Central Receiving Point Building 2958 on Panzer, DSN 431-2071, Panzer Kaserne.
- Light Bulbs
- Car cleaning supplies
- Household Cleaning supplies
- Car Batteries
- Hazardous Materials
- Tires What items can be found there:- Painting items up to one bucket- Wire brushers- Light bulbs / Light covers- Bathroom / shower supplies - Screws / Nails / Anchors / Washers- Common hardware items- Kitchen exhaust hood filter- Recycling Bins- Faucet filters- Sponges for stove tops- De-humidifiers Phone number: 0711-68689475
Stuttgart Military Housing Resident Handbook
Trash & Recycling
To ensure compliance with host-nation laws regulating household waste. U.S. personnel living outside of U.S. installation housing areas must abide by host-nation laws, in keeping with the NATO Status of Forces Agreement, and supplemental agreements.
Request maintenance support for on-post housing or government facility repair.
By phone contact the help desk at+49 (0) 711-7228-6200 or DSN 421-6200 to submit a work request.
For Emergencies contact +49 (0) 711-7228-6115 or DSN 115
Contact the Housing Office prior to beginning your search for off-post housing.
Off-Post Housing Contracted Services (Pervin Estates LLC)
Pervin Estates LLC operates the Community Home Finding, Relocation and Referral Service Office for the USAG Stuttgart. Services are free to military and U.S. government civilians. Pervin Estates do not serve contractors.
Their offices are located on Panzer Kaserne, Bldg 2913, 2nd Floor, across the hall from the Housing Office.
APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED.
Please call or email to make an appointment.
Call: 0049 (0)9641-70-596-2318 / 2521 or DSN: (314) 596-2318 / 2521.
Pervin Estates will assist military members and authorized civilian employees with scheduling appointments and provide up to three escorted home tours, and Off-Post Housing inspections. Pervin Estates will not provide specific information (addresses and contact details) on the dwelling units at HOMES.mil in advance of arrival date nor in advance of the mandatory in-processing.
Service members and U.S. government civilians should not enter into a rental contract (written or verbal) in advance of the housing brief or in-processing step.The USAG approved Housing Rental Contract must always be utilized.
Pervin Estates provides In-and out-check inspections for military and DOD civilians, regardless of how the private rental unit was found, and even if the property is on the non-referral list. It is highly recommended that all military and civilian personnel have an assignment (in-check) and termination (out-check) home inspection. Initial in-check and final out-check inspections will be conducted with the service member or employee (tenant), the Landlord and one of the Pervin Estates inspectors. Schedule all inspection appointments with Pervin Estates at least 2 weeks in advance.
Off-Post Housing Rental Contracts
The official Off-Post Housing website is HOMES.mil. All HOMES.mil properties are guaranteed to have an equipped kitchen and light fixtures. Use caution when using external websites such as bookoo, immobilianscout 24, and Facebook. A non-referral list is available from the Housing Office.
All landlords listed with HOMES.mil have agreed to use USAG Stuttgart Housing rental contract.
Email the Housing Office for a copy of a blank USAG Stuttgart approved contract. ALL eligible DOD civilians and military members, are highly encouraged to utilize the USAG Stuttgart approved contract. This dual language contract includes the 30-day military clause which is not common in host nation contracts. Do not sign a rental contract until it is reviewed by the Housing Office. Rental contract becomes a legal document once signed by both parties.
Schedule a contract review appointment utilizing USAG Stuttgart Garrison App. Avoid making a verbal agreement.Although the Housing Office does not provide legal advice, if utilizing a German contract or other like type housing rental contracts, it is highly recommend to have legal review rental contract. For customers who would like to rent properties on the non-referral list, the Housing Office will review the contract, however, a waiver is required and any support will need to be addressed with the legal office.
Off-Post Housing Website (Homes.Mil)
The off-post housing website, HOMES.mil contains the housing referral listings in Stuttgart. All homes listed on the website are equipped with a furnished kitchen and light fixtures, and managed by landlords that accept the housing contract rules. Other external websites such as bookoo, immobilianscout 24, ebay, and Facebook can be used, but customers are advised to use caution.Please contact Pervin Estates LLC if you have questions:
DSN: (314) 596-2318/2521
Off-Post Housing Search Tips
Prior to arrival, and only if eligible for off-post housing, visit the HOMES.MIL website to get an idea of the types and sizes of homes in Stuttgart. This may also help customers determine the amount of furniture to ship and leave in storage.Please keep in mind that German homes can be a lot smaller compared to homes in the states. Average room sizes are smaller, and may be spread out over 2-4 floors. The yards are usually small to medium-sized and some homes do not have closets. Free-standing, single-family homes are significantly more expensive and harder to find than apartments.
Large apartments near all the bases in the Stuttgart area are available. Some are spread out over two floors, giving the feeling of a house.
Pervin Estates will assist military members and authorized civilian employees with scheduling appointments and provide up to three escorted home tours, and Off-Post Housing inspections.
Pervin Estates will not provide specific information (addresses and contact details) on the dwelling units at HOMES.MIL in advance of arrival date nor in advance of the mandatory in-processing.
U.S. Government Civilians: The housing brief is a mandatory requirement. Please bring a copy of PCS orders and a completed DD 1746 form to the housing brief.
The housing office will use the DD 1746 to update or create the customer housing record. After record is updated, civilians may download the required landlord detail request form and email the two forms directly to the housing referral office to begin house hunting.
Reminder: Service members and U.S. government civilians should not enter into a rental contract (written or verbal) in advance of the housing brief or in-processing step.
Off-Post Housing Inspections
It is highly recommended that all military and civilian personnel have an assignment (in-check) and termination (out-check) home inspection.
Initial in-check and final out-check inspections will be conducted with the service member or employee (tenant), the Landlord and one of the Pervin Estates inspectors.
Schedule all inspection appointments with Pervin Estates at least 2 weeks in advance.
The telephone number for Pervin Estates LLC is: CIV 09641-70596-2318/2521 or DSN: (314) 596-2318/2521.
Move In Housing Allowance (MIHA)
Move In Housing Allowance or MIHA is an allowance for off-post rentals for military personnel only.
There are several types including miscellaneous and in special cases the realtor fee.
Miscellaneous allowance is a one-time payment designed to defray the setup cost for an off-post rental, such as transformers, curtains and other items.
Service members may be authorized reimbursement for realtor fees in these special circumstances:
- Large family with need of five or more bedrooms
- ADA compliant home for handicapped family members
- Family members enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program
- Circumstances that are deemed unique and unusual by the Housing Chief or Garrison Commander
German Laws & Quiet Hours
Landlord rental law
Landlords in Germany have the right to choose their tenants based on personal preference. A Landlord or property manager may interview potential tenants and then choose their tenants.
German rental law allows for landlords to request to assess pets for behavioral concerns and fit in the neighborhood. For example, a landlord may ask the prospective tenant to meet his/her dog and then both landlord and tenant may take a walk with the dog. If the dog appears untrained or aggressive, the landlord may decide not to rent the building to the tenant. A landlord may ask for a pet deposit.
- German law places limits on noise levels. Evening quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Daytime quiet hours are from 1–3 p.m.
- The use of lawn mowers and other gardening machines,or any noise making machine is from 7 a.m.–1 p.m. and from 3–7 p.m.
- On Sundays and German Federal holidays, quiet hours are 24 hours - all day and night.
- Special occasions, such as the World Cup or a wedding are the exceptions to the quiet hours law.
Off-Post Housing Clearing
All Inspection requests have to be approved in advance. It's recommended to identify any outstanding issues or deficiencies in enough time to correct them prior to scheduling the final out-check inspection. A pre out-check should be completed in the presence of the landlord or the landlord's property manager.
Contact the off-post housing office to make an appointment:
CIV 09641-70596-2318/2521 or DSN: (314) 596-2318/2521.
Appliances & FURNISHINGS
On-post housing has installed appliances: refrigerators, washers. These large appliances can also be issued to eligible personnel living off-post.
Appliances are issued to off-post housing residents for the duration of their tour or tour extensions.
The housing email address for furnishing questions and requests:
Most off-post German units have 220v, and many large U.S. appliances, such as washer and dryers are not compatible with the voltage. Transformers to convert the voltage from 220v to 110v can be purchased for small appliances.
Large U.S. appliances that cannot be used will be stored at the owner’s expense. It is recommended not to ship large appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, and dryers.
Temporary Loaner Furniture
The housing email address for furnishing questions and requests:
Temporary or loaner furnishings are available for up to 90 days incoming and up to 60 days for outgoing personnel on and off post.
Refrigerators, washers, and dryers, along with wardrobe closets are issued to off-post housing residents for the duration of their tour or tour extensions.
All on-post unaccompanied personnel (UPH) units are furnished with bedroom, living room, and dining room furniture, depending on the Service member's rank and building assignment. All UPH residents are issued a refrigerator. Bona-fide bachelors residing off-post are authorized basic living, dining, and bedroom furnishings for their entire tour.
Army Community Service's Relocation Readiness Program
When relocating to a new installation, you can borrow basic household goods from your ACS Lending Closet. Keep in mind that item availability varies from garrison to garrison. Some of the items you may find at your location are:
- Pots and pans
- High chairs and car safety seats
- Pre-paid cell phones (Only at some locations / please call first)
- Kitchen appliances
*Items vary based on installation availability