How Does TLA Work

How Does TLA Work

If you're planning to house hunt in the islands and need to consider options for lodging in the interim, consider applying for a Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA). 

So, how does TLA work?

The allowance, which provides partial reimbursement for food and lodging for up to 60 days, is designed to help military families financially while they search for a permanent residence. Soldiers must be on active duty to qualify for the benefit.

The allowance is authorized for various circumstances, but the most common are experiencing a PCS, a permanent change of station or OCONUS, stationed outside of the continental United States.

An application for TLA must be submitted within 72 hours of arriving on Oahu at your permanent  duty station’s Housing Office. TLA is normally approved for a 10-day period and can be renewed in 10-day increments for up to 60 days, if proof of house hunting can be provided.The allotment received depends on family composition and lodging type. TLA is calculated based on the local area per diem rates, family size and composition, actual lodging expenses, and whether the lodging facility has a kitchen.

Since TLA is managed by the installation housing office, be sure to check with your local installation and verify that they do not have a different number of authorized nights or different regulations.

Most hotels accept payments in 10-day increments, if they are informed that you are receiving the allowance. TLA can be reimbursed, and you may need to pay for the first 10 days with a personal credit card, so maintain receipts and submit them to the TLA office for reimbursement.

Lodging expenses are reimbursed at the actual rate, up to the per diem cap for your area and family size. Multiply the lodging portion of the per diem rate by your family size multiplier. You will be reimbursed up to this amount for lodging. Any expense over this amount will not be reimbursed. For a single service member or a single dependent, the family size multiplier is 65 percent. For a service member with a sole dependent or with two dependents traveling alone, the family size multiplier is 100 percent. For each additional individual under the age of 12, add 25 percent; and 35 percent for additional travelers over 12 years old.

For a list of procedures and approved lodging choices, visit TLA process


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