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 AllowancesOnly military members assigned to privately leased housing will receive OHA. There are 3 elements of OHA:
- 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.
- Utility and Maintenance: Monthly (lump sum)
If you are responsible for all your utilities, you will receive the full amount every month.
- 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.