New repairs contract incoming

The current National Housing Prime (NHP) contract with Amey, which has encompassed the management and maintenance of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) since 2014, will be introduced early 2022. Defence Infras...

Funds boost for forces housing

AFF housing specialist Cat Calder gives the lowdown on extra funding for service accommodation… To help generate work in the building industry after the first COVID-19 lockdown, the government gave DIO £200 m...

Your future – your housing

IN OUR 2020 Big Survey we asked you to share your views about the Future Accommodation Model – the future of housing for army families. We heard from a diverse mix of spouses and partners, service personnel and...

A rise in damp?

Blighted by mould and damp in your quarter? AFF housing specialist, Cat Calder, explains how we are building up a picture of where the worst-hit areas are… Every time you come to us with an issue with damp or ...

Surplus scenarios

What's the difference between retention of an SFA and surplus SFA? AFF housing specialist, Cat Calder, explains all… Retention is an extension of your entitlement at your previous posting and there are strict ...

Staying put for your studies

Cat goes through the retention rules if you need to stay put for study or training… One of my first successes on joining AFF nine years ago (is it really that long?!) was to push for a change in policy to allo...

The golden rules of home security

WITH many properties in British Forces Germany (BFG) being vacated over the coming months, the area's crime prevention co-ordinator has the following advice designed to make criminals take more time, make more ...

Winter warmers

With the cold weather upon us in the UK, Cat Calder, AFF’s Housing Specialist has some pointers on staying safe and warm in your property during the colder months… • Make sure that your boiler and radiat...

Comprehensively covered

For home owners, insurance is part of the tick list when buying a property. But what about if you’re living in Service Family Accommodation (SFA)? Cat Calder, AFF Housing Specialist, explains why it is still vi...

Interior inspiration

Karla Lucas, who lives with soldier husband Andy and daughter Amelia, tells us about her family’s move from SFA to their own home… BETWEEN 1995 and 2014 we were fortunate to only move quarters eight times....