Armed Forces: Housing

Defence written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters in Portsmouth are unoccupied; and how many of these have been unoccupied for more than three months.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

As at 22 November 2011, of the 2,819 Service Family Accommodation (SFA) properties in the Portsmouth area, 309 were void (empty), of which 181 had been void for over three months.

There are 143 void properties which have been allocated to families shortly due to move in. A further 85 are due to be handed back to Annington Homes Ltd on 24 November 2011 which will bring the percentage of void properties in the area below the target management margin of 10% of total stock.

A management margin of empty (void) properties has to be maintained to allow for routine movements of personnel, major improvement works or disposal.

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