DOD IG: Some Private Landlords Haven’t Met Tenant Rights Goals; Senators Upset

October 11, 2022

Some private military housing companies still haven’t complied with Congress’ bill of rights for military family tenants, the Pentagon inspector general said in a report publicly released last week.

“Specifically, two landlords, Boyer Hill Military Housing and Burlington, have not voluntarily made two FY 2020 NDAA provisions available to tenants,” the IG wrote in a summary. “Additionally, three landlords, Capital Real Estate, JL Properties, Miller-Valentine Group, and United Communities, have not voluntarily made three FY 2020 NDAA provisions available to tenants.”

Those three voluntary components include access to a housing unit’s seven-year maintenance history, the right to enter into a dispute resolution process, and the tenant’s right to have basic allowance for housing payments withheld while a dispute is pending.

“It’s unacceptable that privatized military housing contractors continue to drag their feet in providing military families the information and rights they deserve to live in safe homes,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, told CQ in an email.

“I will continue to hold the [Defense] Department accountable for failing our servicemembers and their families,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), also a member of the Armed Services Committee.

Navy photo by Garrett Zopfi

October 11, 2022

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