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.
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Housing in the Local Community
The Housing Management Office (HMO) 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 HMO will assist you every step of the way to help you find your new home in the local community.
Contact the HMO 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 HMO partners with landlords and property managers to make sure you receive the most current information about the local housing market. The HMO monitors off-base rental listings to ensure that they are safe and adequate.
The HMO 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 HMO is available for on-going assistance with translation services should you need to communicate with your landlord.
Community Housing Units
The HMO 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 Office in Vicenza will assist you with the temporary loaner furnishings and major appliances you may need during your tour. For more information, see
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 HMO 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.