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BCRICH  
#1 Posted : Monday, July 6, 2020 8:32:52 AM(UTC)
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I'm thinking about accepting a position in Wiesbaden.
My German wife owns a tiny one room apartment there.
It's currently rented out.
Would we be forced to move in to that apartment since she owns it?
Would I be entitled to housing?
It would only be her and myself.
The apartment is in her name and I have nothing to do with it.
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#2 Posted : Monday, July 6, 2020 9:35:33 AM(UTC)

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Owning property has nothing to do with LQA. You are entitled to LQA if that is what is agreed upon before you accept the position.
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#3 Posted : Monday, July 6, 2020 9:39:08 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: BCRICH Go to Quoted Post
I'm thinking about accepting a position in Wiesbaden.
My German wife owns a tiny one room apartment there.
It's currently rented out.
Would we be forced to move in to that apartment since she owns it?
Would I be entitled to housing?
It would only be her and myself.
The apartment is in her name and I have nothing to do with it.
If you are entitled to LQA, you are the employee (Not your spouse) and so your entitlement is your entitlement. If not, then you would be paying out of pocket, but that is the only real difference. Your spouse's apartment has nothing to do with Uncle Sam. You can find another place to live...apartment, house...rent, buy. Your call.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
Endless Summer  
#4 Posted : Monday, July 6, 2020 1:25:54 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: BCRICH Go to Quoted Post
I'm thinking about accepting a position in Wiesbaden.
My German wife owns a tiny one room apartment there.
It's currently rented out.
Would we be forced to move in to that apartment since she owns it?
Would I be entitled to housing?
It would only be her and myself.
The apartment is in her name and I have nothing to do with it.


As has been said your wife's apartment doesn't come into play.

One thing you will want to research, if you were to move into her apartment, she would not be able to charge you rent. I'm pretty sure that's how the rule is written.

So, it the best course of action would be to rent or buy a second place. The cool thing is LQA also applies to a property you purchase but again, you want to look carefully at the regs.

Good luck
0018 Hopeful  
#5 Posted : Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:08:49 AM(UTC)
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Unless you are a school teacher you will be subject to the five year rule.

There are weird and constantly changing LQA interpretations. The primary theory is that you get to draw LQA for 10 years. Most people I knew financed their home for 10 years. If your LQA is high enough you can pay off half your house in 5 years.

It wouldn't work in Kaiserslautern, as homes are the most expensive (other than Garmisch) of any German base. Might work in Wiesbaden.
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