Overseas and Station Allowances

Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA)

OHA is a monthly allowance paid to service members assigned to an OCONUS PDS (permanent duty station outside the continental U.S., not including Hawaii and Alaska) authorized to live in private housing. OHA defrays the member's housing costs and includes the following components:

  • Rent,
  • Utility/recurring maintenance expenses,
  • Temporary Lodging Allowance OCONUS (TLA)
  • Move-in housing allowance (MIHA) and

Take a look in the Joint Federal Travel Regulations, Appendix K (PDF), for details on the Overseas Housing Allowance.

Temporary Lodging Allowance OCONUS (TLA)

TLA is provided to partially reimburse a member for the more than normal expenses incurred while occupying temporary lodgings:

  • Upon initial arrival (reporting) at an OCONUS PDS and waiting for Government quarters assignment, or while completing arrangements for other permanent living accommodations when Government quarters are not available;
  • When it is necessary for a member to vacate permanent quarters permanently or temporarily, and to use temporary lodgings in the PDS vicinity while looking for other permanent quarters or waiting to reoccupy the vacated permanent quarters;
  • While seeking permanent housing following a TDY (temporary duty) period when a member without dependents vacated permanent housing before a TDY assignment of 90 or more days;
  • Immediately preceding PCS departure from an OCONUS PDS after Government quarters are vacated in connection with a PCS order or after giving up other permanent accommodations; or A? During a member's hospitalization period while en route between PDSs when dependents are required to use OCONUS temporary lodgings. A member who retires, stays in the PDS area, and then moves at a later date is not eligible for TLA.

For more information on this and other Station Allowances check out the Joint Federal Travel Regulations, Chapter 9 (PDF).

Move-In Housing Allowance (MIHA)

Move-In Housing Allowance is paid in lump-sum supplemental payments when a member becomes eligible for Overseas Housing Allowance and incurs occupancy related expenses. This allowance includes three components:

  1. Move-In Housing Allowance/Miscellaneous: Rates are published in the Joint Federal Travel Regulation and reflect average expenditures made by members to purchase household necessities for their residence. This entitlement is paid in a lump-sum and no receipts are required. Examples of such necessities are sinks, toilets, light fixtures, kitchen cabinets, and a refrigerator and stove (which sometimes are not provided in overseas dwellings).
  2. Move-In Housing Allowance/Rent: This covers all rent related expenses; receipts are required. These expenses are fixed, one time, nonrefundable charges levied by the landlord, the landlord(s) agent or a foreign government which the member must pay before occupying a dwelling. Examples are real estate agent fees, redecoration fees, and one-time lease taxes.
  3. Move-In Housing Allowance/Security: These security related expenses are for members assigned to designated areas where dwellings must be modified to minimize exposure to a terrorist or criminal threat. Receipts are required. Expenditures which are not related to the physical dwelling, such as personal security guards or dogs, are not allowed under Move-In Housing Allowance. Move-In Housing Allowance security payments must be approved by the senior officer in the country.

For more detailed information take a look at the Joint Federal Travel Regulations, Appendix N (PDF), for details on Station Allowances.

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