Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) is more complex than stateside Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Housing authorizes OHA only when government quarters are not available, meaning you have to lease a private rental. Those living in government or off-post government-leased housing don’t receive OHA because the government pays all rent/utility expenses.

OHA includes Multiple Allowances
Only military members assigned to privately leased housing will receive OHA. There are 3 elements of OHA:
  1. Rent: Monthly ($ for $)
    You will not keep any allowance above your actual rent. If your rent is lower than your allowance, it's in your best interest to negotiate upgrades into your contract and pay more up to your max allowance.
    NOTE: Renting a property above your maximum allowance requires command approval.
  2. Utility and Maintenance: Monthly (lump sum)
    If you are responsible for all your utilities, you will receive the full amount every month.
  3. Move-In Housing Allowance (MIHA):One-time
    There are 2 MIHAs you receive for private housing:
      • MIHA Miscellaneous (for you)
      • MIHA Paint & Repair (for landlord)
      OHA fluctuates monthly based on exchange rate.
MIHA Allowance Details
MIHA Miscellaneous is a one-time lump sum payment meant to defray the costs of moving into an Italian home. It is meant for you to purchase things you wouldn’t otherwise need if you were in the U.S., like electric transformers, utility installation charges, window screens (if not in contract), curtains, etc. It is separate from DLA. MIHA Painting Fee is a one-time fee equal to one month’s rent. Your Soldier is responsible for paying the entire Painting Fee to the landlord. Provide the Housing Office with a copy of your payment to the landlord for your file.
When does OHA start and TLA end?
TLA and OHA cannot overlap. TLA ends as soon as housing is available, meaning when your housing lease (and OHA) begins. FYI, if you delay moving into available housing for personal reasons, you will have to pay out-of- pocket for any extra nights of lodging.

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