We live in military housing. It’s also known as PMQs, Qs or RHUs.
A lot of people think we don’t have to pay to live here but we do. WE PAY RENT to the Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA).
The rent for each RHU is determined by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
CMHC evaluates the size and state of the house. They evaluate the local market then set the rent at the equivalent to what a mortgage would be for a similar house in the civilian world.
The only difference between renting a civilian house and renting a military house is that the rent fees are taken directly off the military member’s pay at the source.
- We can’t change the colour of the walls.
- We can’t refinish the basement.
- We can’t do extensive landscaping.
- We get assigned a house or choose from one of the few that are available.
- We don’t spend money on redecorating.
- We don’t spend money on renovations.
- We don’t spend money on landscaping.
- And just like a civilian rental home, we don’t pay property taxes.
- There is no long term lease. Rent can adjusted on a per day basis so if we move in the middle of the month we only pay for the days that we live in the house.
I think the advantages out weigh the disadvantages.
What do you think?