Your orders are in hand and you are deciding do I live on Base/Post or the economy? Where do I start my search ? There is also a valuable resources for renting at a new duty station by using Military by Owner. These homes are listed by current home owners and some Property Managers in Duty Station Areas. Also check out the AF Housing page for your specific area. Remember to check on your new BAH rates for 2014 for many have changed.
Many of us are used to looking up homes to rent on ARHN which was sponsored by DOD. Effective 1 January 2014, the Department of Defense sponsorship of AHRN will expire.
The website will remain active as a commercial site. The housing offices continue to provide support services to members and their families; military housing encourages service members to visit the AF housing public website at www.housing.af.mil.
Look the properties over carefully and be sure to ask questions about any apartment or house you are considering renting. Consider the following:
Some quick questions to consider when living off base or post:
Does the rent cover all utilities, or will you be responsible for paying for them yourself? If you will be paying for heat, water, or other utilities ask whether the landlord can provide an estimated monthly or annual cost for the rental property.
What kind of security does the building have? Are the doors, windows and entrances secured? Are the stairs safe and well lighted? Are the fire escapes easily accessible?
What sort of commute will you have to school or work and what is nearby in terms of restaurants, shopping, entertainment and other places you frequently visit? Also, what are the neighbors like (students, families, retirees) and is this the right setting for you?
Who is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of common areas (stairwells, hallways, etc.) and appliances, furnace filters and other items within the property which may need to be serviced?
Is the landlord or property management readily available during nights and weekends and what are the procedures for emergency services, repairs or lock-outs?
What kind of parking is available? Is there an extra charge for a parking spot?
Are storms windows, screens and shades provided?