New tenants to pay for renters insurance in base housing

New tenants to pay for renters insurance in base housing

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen signing a lease to live in privatized homes on base will no longer be covered by a renters insurance provision.

The Department of Defense opted to eliminate the renters insurance component of the Basic Allowance for Housing, an average of $20 dollars each month per member.

At Hill, this policy went into effect on March 19.

“The project owner here has elected to stop providing renters insurance to tenants that have signed leases on or after 19 March,” said Lareen Parkinson, chief of the 75th Civil Engineering Housing Management Office here. “Residents will be required to purchase their own renters insurance and should contact Boyer Hill Military Housing if they have any questions.”

As a result of the BAH reduction, the Air Force removed requirements to provide renters insurance to military tenants at no cost, previously included in privatized housing projects — a decision made to protect both Airmen and the housing program, said Mark Correll, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure.

“Cuts to BAH inevitably affect the program in some manner,” he said. “When that happens, it’s our job to ensure adequate funding for the homes, core services and amenities in our housing communities.”

The policy change doesn’t negate current lease obligations to provide renters insurance. It does, however, allow housing project owners the flexibility to independently decide if they will continue to provide renters insurance as part of a new or renewed lease. As a result, Airmen who live in privatized housing may have to purchase renters insurance out of pocket, as their colleagues who live off base currently do.

Although the Air Force doesn’t require Airmen to maintain independent rental insurance coverage, Correll said it has always been highly recommended for all Airmen, whether they live on or off base, to fully cover their personal property and provide liability coverage.

“Under the Claims Act, the government provides up to $40,000 worth of coverage to all Airmen who live in privatized housing situated on government-owned land,” he said, “However, it does not apply at a few projects where some or all of the privatized housing is located on private land. Also, that coverage only applies to personal belongings; it does not provide liability coverage and reimbursements may be limited under the Claims Act. Liability coverage is recommended to cover damage you, your pet or your belongings might cause to the house and other property.”

The Housing Privatization Program, managed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, uses private sector financing and expertise to provide necessary housing faster and more efficiently than traditional military construction processes allow.

Today, the Air Force’s HP program boasts more than 53,000 high-quality homes in its inventory, a success that Robert Moriarty, the AFCEC installations director, attributes to careful planning and investment protection.

“More than $8 billion has been invested in this program with the expectation that these developments will last 50 years,” he said. “That includes the cost of initial construction, renovations, maintenance and operation, as well as the costs associated with out-year development and sustainment plans — all of this depends on income from the BAH.”

The Air Force remains committed to providing quality housing communities where Air Force families will choose to live, Moriarty said.

For more information on the Air Force’s Housing Privatization Program, see the FAQs or Fact Sheet.

This article was localized from a March 10 Air Force News Service story.

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