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OVERSEAS HOUSING ALLOWANCE The  OHA  system  provides  an  allowance  to personnel assigned to overseas locations to help defray a significant amount of the housing costs associated with  overseas  duty  stations.  All  members  who  are authorized to live in privately leased or owned quarters can be entitled to OHA. Two types of housing allowances are paid under the OHA  system:  (1)  an  up-front,  lump-sum  move-in housing allowance (MIHA) to those who qualify and (2) a monthly allowance.   The monthly allowance is discussed  first. Monthly Allowance The computation for the monthly OHA is based on a comparison of the cost of rent, up to a rental ceiling at  the  PDS,  plus  the  average  utility/recurring maintenance  allowance  with  the  member’s  BAQ  or family separation allowance (FSA)—Type I, whichever the member is entitled to at the overseas station. When all the dependents are in the vicinity of the PDS and are noncommand   sponsored,   the   BAQ   at   the   with dependents rate will be used for the computation. The monthly  utility/recurring  maintenance  allowance  is  a figure that has been determined by averaging such costs for  members  at  a  particular  location. INDIVIDUAL   OVERSEAS   HOUSING ALLOWANCE   (OHA)   REPORT,   DD   FORM 2367.—  The  member  must  complete  an  Individual Overseas  Housing  Allowance  (OHA)  Report,  DD  Form 2367, and submit it through appropriate channels to start, change, stop, or correct OHA entitlement. Figure 8-1 shows a DD Form 2367. Annually, the member must  recertify  entitlement  to  OHA  by  completing  and submitting  a  new  DD  Form  2367.  In  addition,  the member must submit a new DD Form 2367 whenever any data entered on the latest DD 2367 changes. COMPUTATION FACTORS.— The  information provided on the DD Form 2367 is used to compute the amount  of  the  member’s  monthly  allowance.  The factors  used  are  the  monthly  rent  amount,  number  of sharers,   maximum   rental   ceiling,   and   the utility/recurring maintenance allowance. Monthly Rent.— Monthly rent is the amount paid per month by a member to a landlord for the possession and use of a dwelling place. The term dwelling place includes a mobile home or a vessel. The rent stated in the lease or as otherwise agreed to by the landlord and the  tenant  will  be  used  in  the  computation.  If  the member  must  pay  a  recurring  condominium  or homeowner  association  fee,  it  should  be  prorated  to  a monthly charge and included in rent. If the rent changes for any reason, the OHA will be recomputed. When a member owns his or her dwelling place, the amount to be considered as monthly rent will be derived by dividing the actual purchase price of the dwelling or residence by 120. (NOTE: Settlement costs, fees for title search, and other legal and related costs will  not be included in determining the actual purchase price.) Also, the amount of any personal installment-type loans and real estate equity loans obtained for the purpose of renovating, repairing, or enlarging the current dwelling place will be added to the actual purchase price before determining the derived rent.  (NOTE: Do not include loans used to furnish or decorate a home, loans for personal reasons, or credit card or line of credit loans.) If the dwelling place owned by the member is a mobile home or vessel, the monthly lot rental or berthing fees paid will be added to this amount. If the member is a sharer, the member’s monthly rent will be determined by  dividing  the  total  monthly  rent  charged  by  the number of sharers occupying the dwelling. Sharers.—   Sharers  are  entitled  to  up  to  the maximum rental allowance ceiling prescribed for a member  without  dependents  unless  they  are accompanied  by  one  or  more  command-sponsored dependents. The OHA to which each sharer is entitled will be computed by adding (1) the sharer’s prorated share  of  the  rent  paid  or  the  maximum  rental  ceiling established   for   the   sharer’s   grade   and   locality, whichever is less, plus (2) the prorated monthly utility recurring   maintenance   allowance.   The   difference between this sum and the sharer’s BAQ or FSA—Type I, whichever applies, is the sharer’s OHA. Members entitled to MIHA will receive a full rather than prorated miscellaneous  allowance.  However,  only  one  of  the sharers  may  claim  reimbursement  for  any  individual rent  or  security-related  expense. Maximum  Rental  Ceiling.—  The  maximum amount  of  monthly  rent  considered  in  computing  the amount  of  OHA  payable  is  contained  in  the  Joint Federal   Travel   Regulations  (JFTR),   Volume   1, appendix K. The ceiling for members with dependents is determined from housing cost data obtained from members  in  each  area  using  a  percentile  method. Maximum rental ceilings are designed to cover fully the rental expenses for 80 percent of the members with dependents  assigned  to  the  area.  The  ceiling  for members  without  dependents  is  determined  by 8-3

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