Off-Post Housing

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House Hunting in Stuttgart

Contact the Housing Office prior to beginning your search for off-post housing. 

Housing in the Stuttgart area is expensive because there are many people working for major industries who are all searching for housing in the Stuttgart metro area.

There is adequate off post housing: apartments, penthouses, maisonette apartments [which are two- floored apartments], townhouses, duplexes, and free-standing houses.

The square meter prices are high and, therefore, some units will be priced higher than the Overseas Housing Allowance rate (OHA). Apartments, townhouses, and duplexes are generally less expensive and are easier to find.

Large homes or free-standing single houses, with multiple bathrooms, large yards and 5+ bedrooms are more difficult to find and are usually located outside school zones.

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Military Reservist

All military reservist on per diem for six month or more must contact the UPH office for assistance with short-term furnished off-post apartments.

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OHA for Military Off-Post Residents

While stationed overseas and living off-post, military personnel will receive OHA instead of Basic Allowance Housing (BAH).

Rent caps for off-post housing are established by rank. A service member will either receive OHA based on rent or the rent cap, whichever is less. Service member will also receive a monthly utility allowance that will help offset utility costs.

Rates & allowances

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Advance Housing Allowance–Army Only

Take a signed copy of the USAG Stuttgart rental contract to your unit personnel administration (S1) to request an advance Advance Housing Allowance form to pay the first month rent and security deposit, that typically equals two months rent.

For details, contact your unit finance office.

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Off-Post Referral Services

  • Off-Post Housing Website
    TheOff-Post Housing website, contains the housing referral listings in Stuttgart. Pervin Estates LLC operates the Community Home Finding, Relocation and Referral Service Office for the USAG Stuttgart. Services are free to military and U.S. government civilians. Pervin Estates do not serve contractors.>All homes listed on the website are equipped with a furnished kitchen and light fixtures, and managed by landlords that accept the housing contract rules.

    Prior to arrival, and only if eligible for off-post housing, visit the website to get an idea of the types and sizes of homes in Stuttgart. This may also help customers determine the amount of furniture to ship and leave in storage.

    Please keep in mind that German homes can be a lot smaller compared to homes in the U.S.

    Average room sizes are smaller, and may be spread out over 2-4 floors. The yards are usually small to medium-sized and some homes do not have closets.

    Free-standing, single-family homes are significantly more expensive and harder to find than apartments.

    Large apartments near all the bases in the Stuttgart area are available. Some are spread out over two floors, giving the feeling of a house.

    Pervin Estates will assist military members and authorized civilian employees with scheduling appointments and provide up to three escorted home tours, and Off-Post Housing inspections.

    Pervin Estates will not provide specific information (addresses and contact details) on the dwelling units at in advance of arrival date nor in advance of the mandatory in-processing.

  • Off-Post Referral Forms

    U.S. Government Civilians: The housing brief is a mandatory requirement. Please bring a copy of PCS orders and a completed DD 1746 form to the housing brief.

    The housing office will use the DD 1746 to update or create the customer housing record. After record is updated, civilians may download the required landlord detail request form and email the two forms directly to the housing referral office to begin house hunting.

    Reminder: Service members and U.S. government civilians should not enter into a rental contract (written or verbal) in advance of the housing brief or in-processing step.

    Military rental contract | Civilian rental contract | Short term rental contract | Trifold move in inspection guide

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Inspections for Military and Civilian personnel

It is highly recommended that all military and civilian personnel have an assignment (in-check) and termination (out-check) home inspection.

Initial in-check and final out-check inspections will be conducted with the service member or employee (tenant), the Landlord and one of the Pervin Estates inspectors.

Schedule all inspection appointments with Pervin Estates at least 2 weeks in advance

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Pre-Out-Check Inspections

All pre-out Inspection requests have to be approved in advance. It's recommended to identify any outstanding issues or deficiencies in enough time to correct them prior to scheduling the final out-check inspection.

The pre out-check should be completed in the presence of the landlord or the landlord's property manager.

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Move-In Housing Allowance

Move In Housing Allowance or MIHA is an allowance for off-post rentals for military personnel only.

There are several types including miscellaneous and in special cases the realtor fee.

Miscellaneous allowance is a one-time payment designed to defray the setup cost for an off-post rental, such as transformers, curtains and other items.

MIHA for realtor fee reimbursement

Realtor fees may be authorized for service members that have special housing needs. For example:

  • Five or more bedrooms
  • ADA compliant home for handicapped family members
  • Family members enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program
  • Circumstances that are deemed unique and unusual by the Housing Chief or Garrison Commander
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German Laws & Quiet Hours

Landlord rental law

Landlords in Germany have the right to choose their tenants based on personal preference. A Landlord or property manager may interview potential tenants and then choose their tenants.

German rental law allows for landlords to request to assess pets for behavioral concerns and fit in the neighborhood. For example, a landlord may ask the prospective tenant to meet his/her dog and then both landlord and tenant may take a walk with the dog. If the dog appears untrained or aggressive, the landlord may decide not to rent the building to the tenant. A landlord may ask for a pet deposit.

Quiet Hours

German law places limits on noise levels. Evening quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Daytime quiet hours are from 1–3 p.m.

The use of lawn mowers and other gardening machines,or any noise making machine is from 7 a.m.–1 p.m. and from 3–7 p.m.

On Sundays and German Federal holidays, quiet hours are 24 hours - all day and night.

Special occasions, such as the World Cup or a wedding are the exceptions to the quiet hours law.

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Hours & Contact Information

Housing Office Location: 2nd Floor, Building 2913, Panzer Kaserne, Boeblingen.

Customer Service Hours of Operation

  • Mon, Tue, Wed, & Fri, 7:30-11 a.m. & 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Off-post housing services: Walk-ins 7:30–11 a.m., Appointments 12 p.m..–3:30 p.m.

  • Thursdays 7:30-11 a.m. & 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

    Off-post housing services: Walk-ins 7:30-11 a.m. Appointments 12 p.m.–3 p.m.

    Closed on U.S. and German Holidays

Telephone Directory

  • Customer Service Desk: +49 (0)7031-15-2230 DSN: 431-2230
  • Appliances & Furnishings: +49 (0)7031-15-2287 / -2870 DSN: 431-2287 / -2870
  • On-Post Housing +49 (0)7031-15-3005 DSN: 431-3005
  • Off-Post Housing: +49 (0)7031-15-2318 / -3484 / -3485 DSN: 431-2318 / -3484 / -348
  • General & Flag Officer Housing: +49 (0)711-7228-6182 / -6183 DSN: 421-6182 / -6183
  • Unaccompanied Personnel Housing:+49 (0)7031-15-2236 / -2337 DSN: 431-2236 / -2337
  • Housing Facilities Management: +49 (0)7031-15-2442 DSN: 431-2442
  • Housing FAX: +49 (0)7031-15-2663 DSN: 431-2663

Email Contacts

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  • Email: Appliances & Furnishings: appointment requests, questions, feedback.
  • Email: On-Post Housing: appointment requests, questions, feedback.
  • Email: Off-Post Housing: appointment requests, questions, feedback.
  • Email: General & Flag Officer Housing: appointment requests, questions, feedback.
  • Email: Unaccompanied Personnel Housing: appointment requests, questions, feedback.

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