Entitlement after leaving the forces

#1
Ill be leaving the services within the next 11 months I just wondered if anybody had any info on ex service entitlements when it comes to housing. I know we can private rent if cant get anything else. But what's the deal with local housing assosiations etc
 
#2
Unless you've been on your local housing waiting list (where you want to settle) none... Join the queue.
 
#3
The after service care in the UK is beyond shocking, it's an utter disgrace. As for Cameron offering the Military Covenant, it means nothing when the details of what the after service care is to entail is not established. The Americans have a much more organised and efficient after service arrangement. Veterans health care as they are aware that your service will have placed an extra level of wear and tear on your system, entitlement to shop on base in the PX etc. Much better than the crappy pin you'll be getting from HMG that can be bought for £2 on ebay.

Good luck fighting your way to the front of the queue, you all know who will be at the front and it wont be ex-services.

The best advice I've heard was to engage with those departments who are obstacles in your path and request to see a copy of their guidelines. You will then be able to identify what you qualify for rather than offering your case and having someone else decide for what reasons you fail to qualify for anything.
 
#4
Ill be leaving the services within the next 11 months I just wondered if anybody had any info on ex service entitlements when it comes to housing. I know we can private rent if cant get anything else. But what's the deal with local housing assosiations etc

As you will be ex forces you are automatically a "hero" in the eyes of the local council.

Therefore you will be given a 5 bedroom detached villa style house with free council tax, water, gas and electricity. The British Legion will supply you with a gardener / handyman to enable you to sup ale instead of grafting.

Alternatively, the council may just view you as an unprepared ******* layabout who expects the world on a plate - you idle ****.
 
#5
Ill be leaving the services within the next 11 months I just wondered if anybody had any info on ex service entitlements when it comes to housing. I know we can private rent if cant get anything else. But what's the deal with local housing assosiations etc
Michael, contact the Joint Service Housing Advice Office tomorrow. Failing that visit your Welfare Office and speak to them about the JSHAO. Most likely anything else you read on here will be a piss-take, including from me.

Good luck.
 
#6
#7
Yeah got the number for them so will give them a call tomorrow and pop in welfare. See what info they got. The website really doesn't give out much info.
Heard the British legion are good for help and advise so might give them a shout afterwards.

Always good to ask on here as there is always someone in the know or someone who been threw the same thing

Thanks to those who replied.
 

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#9
It's times like this when one looks back and thinks "shit, if only I'd drank less beer and got a mortgage."
 
#10
Don't know how long you've been in , but when I left the service in 1990 my 22 years was counted towards the discount for the Right to Buy scheme that councils were offering at the time, it enabled me to buy my auld ma's hoose for 6 grand ! for her , and when she eventually fell of her perch a couple of years ago I got left a decent 3 bed semi - det worth 95k.
Keep bashing their door and make a BIG noise about it and shame them into taking more positive action . Good luck .
 
#11
Yeah got the number for them so will give them a call tomorrow and pop in welfare. See what info they got. The website really doesn't give out much info.
Heard the British legion are good for help and advise so might give them a shout afterwards.

Always good to ask on here as there is always someone in the know or someone who been threw the same thing

Thanks to those who replied.
If you hit a brick wall with them tomorrow, PM me.

I am all of a sudden the Queen of Resettlement and Discharge.

(Not really, I've just got loads of really good info).
 
#12
Ill be leaving the services within the next 11 months I just wondered if anybody had any info on ex service entitlements when it comes to housing. I know we can private rent if cant get anything else. But what's the deal with local housing assosiations etc

Apply to housing assocs and council now while your are still serving, thats what i done and had a house waiting for me with local housing assoc when i finally finished with the army.

I may have been lucky at the time but its worth a try. Nothing to loose really.
 
#13
True time spent in military accommondation, (barrack blocks or quarters) count towards the discount on the right to buy scheme.

My old man had a decent discount when he brought his council house because of his service time.

The trouble is getting a council house to start with.

Do your military service and leave at the end = nothing

Do some civi bird, unemployed, sacked, etc and you have the social workers/prison case workers etc running arounds for you.

Royal British Legion can offer advice and point you in the right direction. (Ask to speak to the Welfare Case Office for the area you wish to settle in as they have more local knowledge, they will visit you if you are local. Do not ask a bloke at the bar in the Legion Clubs, but go to the County HQ). You do not need to be a member of the Legion to ask for advice if serving but it is hoped that you will join.

There is also a forces charity who have a number of houses to rent (name slipped me at the moment), they took over a lot of the Regimental Charity Houses. RBL should have the details.

Of course you could buy and a number of Housing Associations allow you to buy part of the property up front i.e. 30%, and rent the rest.

Be aware of premiums that some HA's charge for example 30% plus around 10 to 15 k etc for fixture/fitting/good area etc, advoid those costs if you can.
 
#14
It's times like this when one looks back and thinks "shit, if only I'd drank less beer and got a mortgage."
You are indeedy, absolutely correct.

My house might be a shit-hole, but it's my house.


When it's not being used as a stop off point for ARRSE waifs and strays.
 
#15
Entitled?
Did you not get paid for your services to Queen and Country? Are you getting a pension from Q and C for time served or injuries etc?
That's all you're entitled to.
The rest you have to do/sort out for yourself like other civilian ADULTS.
 
#16
@ Trollage, it's scaremongering drama Queens like you that keep the waters muddy and unclear. I've served for 2 separate periods as a regular. I was entitled to and undertook a fund assisted further education, I was given a healthy resettlement sum to further aid my departure. I was given a month off to square away any last minute bits of personal admin. Finally when I left I was given a clutch of contact details of appropriate agencies if I ran aground.
The OP has no more rights to housing than anyone else, ex soldiers/sailors/airmen have to accept that when you leave, you leave, it's done and dusted and 99.9% of people couldn't give a rats arse, why should they?
Get a ******* job, use your last wage for a deposit and rent a pad like every other ****, why should you get a housing association property when there will be single mothers, long term unemployed and immigrant families who have been queuing for months?
 
#17
I agree with Snail, and like her my house is not perfect; but it is mine. The best thing I did was cut back on the drinking and the lap dancing bars and start saving money, I brought a house in 2009 and will be martgage free later on this year; I could have easily drank and partied all my savings away and have nothing.
 
#18
Sod that, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow. Drink up son, the girls at the titty bar are waiting for us.
 
#19
Hi.

I am aware that there are a few schemes now tailored for the first time buyer. These schemes usually are on new builds I think but I have heard that Persimmons provide a very good service for HM Forces.

Check out their website - New Homes for Sale | Persimmon Homes and see their info for Homes For HM Forces - New homes for Armed Forces and MOD personnel

An example I have heard of was a mate of mine who recently left the Forces at his 22 year point had had purchased a home using the Shared Equity Scheme. Apparently, Persimmons sorted it all out and he didn’t even have to leave Germany whilst he purchased his new 4 bedroom detached home, obviously whilst he was still serving.

He had very little in the way of savings therefore could not raise a decent deposit but instead used that Army Loan - LSAP (Long Service Advance of Pay) to raise his 5% deposit.

The builder gives you 5% and the Shared Equity loan of 15% is provided by a Government scheme. This is a 10 year equity loan, however, the first 5 years is Tax Free and it can be paid off earlier.

The way my mate did it was, he paid off the equity loan and the LSAP using his lump sum and monthly pension is covering his mortgage payments.
There are a few schemes now which give the same kind of deals but I know that Persimmons knows the Military System and provide a FREE service to HM Forces. My mate recommends it anyway.

It might be worth a look mate whilst you are still serving.

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Prior to joining the Forces, I worked for a Housing Department for a Local Council and I can state from experience, that back then, (15 years ago) unless you have been on the waiting list for your preferred area for a few years, you will just be treated as any other person who is becoming homeless and will be offered wherever they have available.

That said, depending on the Homeless Officer and the Housing Allocations Officer will pretty much determine how they will view you. Although you might be treated as homeless and officially must take the first house offered, they usually do show a degree of empathy and respect and will offer you a decent area, therefore, you might find yourself being treated that little better than the usual homeless housing applicant.

This was not the policy however, was the way they did business where I use to work, when they could.
It’s how you sell your story to the Housing Officers mate. Speak to them with respect and I am sure that they might be able to bend the rules a little.

I am not saying bribe a council official but just be nice. They might then find that the only available house they have for you when you need one is on their most desirable patch, and you would have to accept it.

Hope this helps. Good luck and please keep me informed on how you get on.
 
#20
Get your name on local council waiting list. Once you reach your final day you will be given 93 days to vacate the quarter. At the end of 93 days if you are still there you will become an irregular occupant. You will then be charged "damages for tresspass". At this stage DHE (or whatever they are called now) will initiate court action to get you evicted. Sit tight. Once a judge issues an eviction notice the council have a legal obligation to house you. The time given by the judge for the eviction will depend on family circumstances.
 

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