The Housing Management Office (HMO) is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you. Our primary responsibility is to assist you locate and obtain safe, adequate housing. It is extremely important for you to understand overseas tenant/landlord laws, as they are different from the United States, and the responsibilities and limitations of the HMO.Welcome and thank you for your support in making Kalkar a great place to live and work. We encourage you to explore your new community. We are available to assist you in any way with your move.
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 Assistance Office (HAO) 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 HAO will assist you every step of the way to help you find your new home in the local community.
Contact the HAO as soon as you know you are moving. The HAO partners with landlords, realtors and property managers to make sure you receive the most current information about the local housing market.
The HAO can assist you by:
- Providing translation services to establish appointments to view available units
- Negotiating lease contracts
- Providing furnishings support. See Furnishings Management for a list of the Duration of Tour Items available.
Your sponsor will assist you in house hunting at this location.
After you move into your home, the HAO is available for on-going assistance with translation services should you need to communicate with your landlord.
Community Housing Units
The HAO provides up-to-date listings of available economy units, translation services, and landlord/tenant mediation.
Economy housing for large families may require a diligent search and you may have to stay in temporary lodging for 4 weeks or longer.
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 HAO for more information about coverage.
The use of local realtor services is typically unnecessary and is not recommended unless a home for rent is only listed with a specific realtor. In OCONUS, if you choose to use realtor services, discuss fees up front, as some realtors charge a finder's fee and government reimbursement is rarely authorized. To request government reimbursement for realtor services in OCONUS, you must submit a request for authorization through the HMO before signing a lease or contract. In CONUS, fees for realtor services are not reimbursable.
For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live.
At Kalkar parents have three basic options for schooling: private English-speaking schools, local German schools and home-schooling. There are no Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS) schools available for Kalkar dependent students.
Most students from the US community attend the International School of Dusseldorf (ISD) for grades K - 12 or the British school St. George in Duisburg. Registration and tuition fees for qualified dependents are paid by the Non-DoD School Program (NDSP).
For more information about schools, visit the following helpful websites:
International School of Düsseldorf
St. George's the English International School