WHAT IS HEAT?
Housing Early Assistance Tool (HEAT) creates an easy on-line experience to connect you, the Service Member, with your future destination and offers an on-line venue to obtain housing assistance prior to a PCS transfer. HQ Air Force Housing has successfully implemented HEAT across the AF Enterprise so members can reach out to installations when preparing for transition. Installations are accessible through the HEAT tool across CONUS and most OCONUS installations. Members should use HEAT when preparing to transfer to their new assignment. Learn more at the HOMES.mil site.
Military Housing Office
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Housing in the Local Community
The Military Housing Office (MHO) provides all DoD personnel with a personalized service to assist in locating suitable housing in your new host country. Moving to a new country can often be confusing and stressful; however, it can also be exciting. Living off base provides members and families the chance to experience a new culture and make friends with their host country neighbors. The MHO will assist you every step of the way to help you find your new home in the local community.
Contact the MHO as soon as you know you are moving. The government housing team will provide you the latest information on the local housing situation as well as local laws governing off-base housing. The MHO partners with landlords and property managers to make sure you receive the most current information about the local housing market. The MHO monitors off-base rental listings to ensure that they are safe and adequate.
The MHO can assist you by:
- Providing translation services to establish appointments to view available units
- Negotiating lease contracts
- Assisting in establishing utility services
- Providing information on how to obtain furnishings support
- Providing transportation for military members to go house hunting, sponsor will have to assist member family with transportation.
After you move into your home, the MHO is available for on-going assistance with translation services should you need to communicate with your landlord.
Community Housing Units
The MHO provides up-to-date listings of available economy units, translation services, and landlord/tenant mediation.
Housing in Italy varies in size and style from what you are used to and units do not come equipped with what Americans expect to be standard amenities, such as closets, light fixtures and kitchen cabinets. The Furnishings Management Section in Vicenza will assist you with the temporary loaner furnishings and major appliances you may need during your tour. For more information, see Furnishings Management.
For information about the housing allowances that financially support your move, see Referral and Relocation Assistance.
Personal Property Insurance
You need to obtain legal liability and personal property insurance for your possessions and should choose the options and amounts that best fit your needs and lifestyle. Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the MHO for more information about coverage.
In Italy, Realtors' fees are the equivalent of one month rent plus 20% tax. This fee is not refundable by the Government and therefore the member will have to pay out of pocket.
For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live.
Please contact the DoDD's school representative at DSN 632-3533 to get more information on school options and school bus routes. If you decide to send your child to an Italian school please contact the Base Interpreter at DSN 632-3545.