The Military Housing Association strongly supports policies that strengthen tenant rights, increase the purchasing power of military families, and maintain the financial stability of the program. MHA members continue to advocate for the following policies with our military partners and Congress.
Tenant Bill of Rights
MHA members continue to work with each Service Branch to implement the Tenant Bill of Rights. MHA members have launched innovative mobile apps that allow residents to quickly submit and track service requests. MHA members also support principles that guarantee military families safe and healthy homes and communities, professional property management services, and prompt, professional maintenance services.
Standardized, Easy-To-Understand Policies
MHA members are developing a universal lease – in coordination with the DoD and Service Branch partners – to harmonize rent and lease terms across all Service Branches, making the renting process easier to understand and consistent for residents who experience many moves throughout military deployments.
100% Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
Service members and their families deserve their BAH to be 100% funded, guaranteeing their total housing costs are covered by the military. Strengthening the purchasing power of military families will strengthen military readiness. Between 2015 and 2019, BAH covered between 99% to 95% of rental costs for service members. DoD and Congress must ensure BAH is fully funded and not diverted to other priorities.
Accurate BAH Calculation
MHA members support a more transparent process to develop BAH rates that more accurately reflect market rates. In 2019, MHA member companies supported a measure requiring the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller General to review the BAH rate determination process to help increase transparency. More accurate BAH rates will increase the financial stability of each military community investment.
Fair Dispute Resolution
Establishing a fair, standardized, and simplified dispute resolution process for MHA members and residents will strengthen the MHPI program and instill confidence in the outcomes of formal disputes.