SFA – Entitlement & Applying
*Edit: There has been update on FAM on 1st April 2019. This article is currently under review. Please refer to this article in the interim.*
To be entitled to apply for Service Family Accommodation (SFA), Service personnel must:
- be aged 18 and over;
- be married or in a civil partnership or who have permanent custody of children;
- have at least 6 months to serve.
What if you have children but you are not married?
For a long time we have been asked by families ‘why can’t we access Service Family Accommodation if we’re not married? We are in a long term relationship and are committed to each other. We have children together. The regulations don’t reflect a 21st Century family’. At the NFF we have had to respond to these questions with the reply that we can offer information under current guidelines, but we will take your comments forward and please watch this space for updates. This is now the time to really watch this space as the regulations are trying to change and give all those voices an answer.
The aspiration of the Future Accommodation Model (FAM) is to give families and individuals some choice regardless of rank, marital status, location or family make-up. But it is a huge undertaking to re-shape a well embedded model. It also is not a forgone conclusion as to what it is going to look like. Click here for more information about FAM.
SFA is at Service personnel’s duty station or within a set radius; although you may be eligible to apply for surplus SFA at other locations or request and retain a property under the RN Base Port Agreement.
Size of Property
The type of property you are entitled to is usually dependent on your rank for officers and family size for other ranks. When you apply for SFA, Amey Defence Services Occupancy Services Team will allocate you a property using the preferences you have expressed and based on your entitlement or eligibility, competing requirements, and service agreements.
Full details on entitlement and eligibility for UK SFA and Substitute service family accommodation (SSFA) are available in:
Full details on entitlement and eligibility for overseas SFA and SSFA are available in:
How to Apply
If you are entitled, you will need to complete and submit an application for SFA. All Service personnel who have access to the Defence Intranet are expected to complete their application online using the e-1132 form. To access the form, copy and paste the following URL into your browser address bar when logged on to the Defence Intranet: http://apps01.domis.r.mil.uk/e1132/
The e-1132 form system allows you to:
- track the progress of your application;
- view available properties that match your entitlement;
- register your top 3 preferences;
- book your ‘move in’ (once an offer for a property has been made and accepted);
- where appropriate book your ‘move out’ appointment;
- electronically signing your licence to occupy.
MOD Form 1132
For Service personnel who do not have access to the Defence Intranet, a paper version of the MOD Form 1132: application to occupy service family accommodation (SFA) is available. Exceptions to using the online system are normally for personnel who are on operations and do not have access to the Defence Intranet.
Additional needs and disabled requirements for SFA
If you are moving to a new SFA property, please provide details of any special requirements for SFA at the point of application using the e-1132 form or the MOD Form 1132, enclosing any reports from the appropriate professional source, such as your occupational therapist. It is important that the Amey Occupancy Services team is made aware of special requirements at the earliest opportunity.
If you require adaptions to your current SFA property, or your medical requirements have changed and you need some further adaptions to your existing SFA, you will need to contact the Helpdesk who will record your request and ask you to provide a Medical Report and/or Occupational Therapist’s report in order to progress your request.
Please see the Additional needs and disabled requirements guides for further information.
Amey Defence Services Occupancy Services team
If you have an allocations enquiry, the Amey Defence Services Occupancy Services team at the helpdesk is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:00pm.
You can call them on Freephone: 0800 707 6000 Select Option 3 (for calls made within the UK, mobile users may incur charges) or using the alternative telephone number: 0151 728 1630.
Or you can email the team: email@example.com
For more information about the SFA application process, please visit the Amey Defence Services website.