I currently live in the South East of England in a married quarter which can best be described as 'run-down'. One of my colleagues went to march out of their MSQ today, to be met by a new Estate Manager, who proceeded to say that the DHE has increased the standards and must start charging for any small damage, discrepancy etc. Bearing in mind that there has been no full time estate warden on site for a long time, the estate is in bad order. The houses are small with old carpets, scruffy paintwork, dirty exteriors and MHS seem to dislike coming to the area. The soldier involved said that the estate warden complained that the cooker was dirty (as it had 1 small mark on the inside) and that there was a scratch on the 15 year old aluminium kitchen. He wanted to charge Â£80 to clean the cooker, for god's sake!! This is all well and good but I know for a fact that the family spent a week cleaning the quarter and 2 days on the cooker itself! The house was immaculate, in complete contrast to when they first moved in. Who do the DHE think they are - we are over a barrel and cannot do a thing about it. If we do not accept a quarter because of its bad state, we get another chance and are then refused a quarter. If we refuse to pay any 'cleaning charges', we are disciplined and have to pay anyway. This is also compounded by the fact that the local DHE office hire a cleaning company (of Poles and Portugese) to clean the quarters before they allocate them anyway. It just seems that they are on a quest for us to pay for all of their bad management - or even worse to boost their pockets by charging us for something which has already been done. What recourse do we have - Illegal immigrants have more rights than Military personnel.