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Accommodation: Repairs

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was charged to occupants of (1) Modern Housing Solutions accommodation for repair of damage caused by them to the accommodation in each of the last 12 months; (317328)

(2) family accommodation owned by Amec Turner for repair of damage caused by them to the accommodation in each of the last five years.

Modern Housing Solutions and Turner Estates Solutions are the prime contractors for the repair and maintenance of service family accommodation (SFA) in Great Britain. Neither company own any SFA properties.

However, charges for “barrack damage” are raised in cases where occupants vacate SFA below the required move-out standard, and are to cover the costs of remedial works required. The MOD manages over 20,000 moves in and out of SFA in the UK each year. Charges are not raised for normal wear and tear and any charges for the replacement of lifed items such as carpets will take into account the remaining life of the item. Housing officers visit every SFA property prior to move-out in order to advise occupants what work may be required to clean properties to the required standard, and to allow occupants to raise any concerns they may have. Figures are only available for the UK as a whole. For data prior to 2009, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 September 2009, Official Report, column 2124W. The following table shows data that are available for 2009.

Amount charged (£)

January

137,245

February

85,946

March

54,124

April

64,942

May

69,870

June

114,772

July

99,756

August

64,903

September

111,748

October

102,023

November

85,139

December

54,006