Overseas Housing Allowance (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:
Even though your OHA is broken down into a rent and utility/recurring maintenance amount it will appear as one payment on your LES.
Military members are paid OHA in the exact amount of their contracted rental payment, plus an amount determined by DoD to cover the utility and recurring maintenance expenses for their location. The amount is limited by location, rank, and dependency status. For example, if Airman Normandy rents a house in England and his rent is £1000 a month, and the local utility/maintenance expenses are £100 a month his paycheck with include OHA in the amount of dollars that equals £1100 (assuming that his rental cap is higher than £1100.) The amount of the rent portion of the OHA payment never exceeds the actual expenses incurred.
If multiple single service members share accommodations, the rental amount can be divided in any fashion, as long as the total amount paid in the OHAs does not exceed the actual rental expenses. Thus Airman Normandy and Airman Brittany could share a house that costs £1500, and each pay £750, or one of them could pay £700 and one could pay £800, each would qualify for the 1/2 of the utility/recurring maintenance expense.
When a dual military couples jointly occupies leased housing overseas, they are treated as separate entities for purposes of OHA. They are each eligible to claim OHA costs up to the amount of their OHA limit, but the total payments between the two of them may not exceed the actual amount of rental expenses that are being paid on their property. This is true regardless of whether or not they have dependents. If they do have dependents, one service member (usually the more senior) is eligible to receive up to the amount of OHA at the with dependents rate, and the other service member is eligible to receive up to the amount of OHA at the without dependents rate.
MIHA is paid upon moving in and helps to offset costs associated with initial occupancy including:
Your OHA can change every month based on the exchange rate between the local currency and the U.S. Dollar.
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