Welcome to Stuttgart: Finding your home away from home

One of the playgrounds found in the housing area on Robinson Barracks. Photo by USAG Stuttgart

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs 

One of the top things on the minds of the entire family during a permanent change of station move is the new residence. Where will we live? How big will it be? What’s the neighborhood like? For those coming to Stuttgart, the answers to these questions can vary widely. Approximately 30 percent of the Stuttgart military community lives in the 1,300 on-base housing units, with the remaining 70 percent residing on the economy.

A wide variety of home styles are available off base, from timber-based historical homes as seen in this picture, to modern style bungalows and everything in between.

On-post family housing units throughout Stuttgart are stairwell apartments ranging from two to five bedrooms. They are located on Panzer Kaserne, Kelley, Robinson, and Patch Barracks. Most five bedroom units are located on Kelley Barracks.  In-home amenities for on-base housing include a laundry room with U.S. appliances for each unit, individual storage space, and 110 and 220-volt outlets for both U.S. and German appliances.  Community services include fitness centers, a club for social events, elementary, middle and high schools, and libraries within walking distance.

Upon receipt of permanent change of station orders, uniformed members and U.S. government civilians are strongly encouraged to complete the application for assignment to housing Department of Defense Form 1746. This is the official form used to create a customer housing record and is updated within 48 hours after the customer arrives in Stuttgart. For those living off-base, the variety of homes is nearly endless. Everything from modern homes and apartments with art nouveau architecture, to centuries-old half-timber converted barns and everything in between are available here. While rental prices throughout the area vary slightly, as a general rule of thumb the areas closer to Stuttgart/Böblingen city center are higher in rent. Those properties located further out in the suburbs/countryside tend to be lower in rent and larger in size.

Start finding your home by searching www.HOMES.mil, the military home finders’ tool—even here in Europe. This site contains listings of rental homes in and around Stuttgart, most within the school zones, and all are free of realtor fees.

A garrison housing unit’s living room and kitchen await. Photo by USAG Stuttgart

There are many home types in Germany.  Apartments, penthouses, maisonette apartments (which are two- floored apartments), townhouses, duplexes and free-standing houses can be found for rent, as well as large homes or free-standing single houses with multiple bathrooms, large yards and five-plus bedrooms. Though these latter types of homes are harder to find, apartments, townhouses, and duplexes are easier to find and are generally less expensive.

The cost of rent needs to align with the uniformed member’s overseas housing allowance rate and living quarters allowance for U.S. government civilians or the cost of additional rent is an out-of-pocket expense. Financial overseas housing entitlements are listed on the Department of Defense overseas allowance calculator.

Housing referral services

USAG Stuttgart offers two types of housing briefs to assist customers in finding the most suitable rental for their needs.

The Central Processing Facility (CPF) offers a newcomers brief that is mandatory for both uniformed members and U.S. government civilians. The CPF housing brief provides an overview of the housing office services and highlights off-post housing processes.

Housing’s in-processing brief is a one-on-one between a housing counselor and the uniformed member. This brief is mandatory for uniformed members and optional for U.S. government civilians.

At the housing brief, civilian sponsors will receive a Pervin Estates customer routing form, and unit detail request form. After one business day, Pervin Estates will return the landlord details by email. For the initial request, the routing and detail request forms are emailed to Pervin Estates. All subsequent requests for unit details will require the return of each comment card for each new landlord request listing. Comment cards are included in the unit detail request form.

On or off-post administrative steps
The garrison offers two types of housing briefs to assist customers in finding the most suitable rental for their needs.

The CPF, located in Bldg. 2913, Panzer Kaserne, is the beginning point for in-processing to the Stuttgart military community. Housing, furnishing and driver testing/licensing  offices, plus a German kantine, are also located within the building. Photo by USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

The Central Processing Facility (CPF) offers a newcomers brief that is mandatory for both uniformed members and U.S. government civilians. The CPF housing brief provides an overview of the housing office services and highlights off-post housing processes.

Housing’s in-processing brief is a one-on-one between a housing counselor and the uniformed member. This brief is mandatory for uniformed members and optional for U.S. government civilians.

At the housing brief, civilian sponsors will receive a Pervin Estates customer routing form, and unit detail request form. After 24 hours, Pervin Estates will return the landlord details by email. For the initial request, the routing and detail request forms are emailed to Pervin Estates. All subsequent requests for unit details will require the return of each comment card for each new landlord request listing. Comment cards are included in the unit detail request form.

Rental contract process

The USAG Stuttgart Housing Office-approved contract is a legally-binding agreement between the landlord and the tenant, and is in both English and in German.

The first step in this process is when the prospective tenant submits a completed copy of the contract cover sheet after the contract is signed by the landlord or property manager. This must be sent via official U.S. government encrypted email to the housing office at usarmy.stuttgart.id-europe.mbx.dpw-hsg-off-post@mail.mil to the attention of Pervin Estates and off-post housing. “Make sure to complete and send the coversheet as soon as possible because it’s your guarantee that the property will be removed from the HOMES.mil website, which means its closer to being yours.” The next step is when the prospective tenant schedules a contract review with the housing office no later than four business days from the date the landlord signs the contract.

“As soon as the landlord’s signature is on the contract, schedule an appointment immediately,” said Konrad Herzig, USAG Stuttgart housing lead customer service counselor.

A housing counselor can save the customer time.  “I wouldn’t wait until the contract review appointment. Email the contract to the housing office in advance of the contract review appointment and if time permits a housing counselor will review the contract,” said Herzig.

Personnel on TDY or deployment orders

In the absence of the sponsor, a power of attorney is required for the housing office to approve a garrison off-post rental contract. For on-post housing services, copy of the sponsor’s temporary duty order or deployment order is required and the requirement for a power of attorney is waived. For housing contact information and a list of services, go to the USAG Stuttgart website at www.stuttgart.army.mil and select the Housing Services Office.

 

Photo by U.S. Army Public Affairs