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Armed Forces: Housing

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many families have been evicted from service family accommodation for failing to vacate the premises during the agreed 93-day notice to vacate period in each of the last five years; and for what reason each family was being asked to vacate premises. (301862)

Service Family Accommodation (SFA) is provided to accommodate entitled Service personnel and their families. When occupants cease to be entitled to SFA and do not vacate, the Department is required to take steps to recover possession of the property. In the first instance DE will write to the occupant advising that they are required to vacate the property within 93 days. DE will be as flexible as possible and will extend this so as to accommodate children’s schooling, holidays, etc. or to allow occupants the maximum possible time to secure alternative accommodation arrangements.

The number of eviction orders served on occupants of SFA in Great Britain up to April 2008 and the UK thereafter in the last five years is set out in the following table.

Number of eviction orders

2004

110

2005

102

2006

62

2007

84

2008

113

2009 (to 24 November)

68

Records showing the reasons why entitlement to SFA ceased in each case are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many landlords of (a) substitute service family accommodation and (b) substitute service single accommodation properties are currently members of the armed forces in each region. (302005)

The occupation of the landlords who provide substitute accommodation is not recorded by this Department.