By Capt. Austen Swaim (U.S. Army)
Stuttgart Law Center
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Q: I am active duty military and my landlord wants to use a contract that is different from the one the Housing Office provides. Why should I use the Housing Office contract?
A: Since you are stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany you cannot take advantage of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to terminate your German housing lease early due to military orders. That is why it is important to have a military termination clause in your housing contract.