Amey’s Facilities Management team has been working with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to reduce the number of empty properties across the UK, through the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Sublet Project.
Service family accommodation, not currently required for use by service personnel, is being made available to let by civilians on six-month tenancy agreements, which ensures flexibility to use the properties for service personnel, should they need it.
The scheme maximises occupancy levels, and reduces voids across the Defence estate, providing extra income for DIO to put towards other projects benefitting service personnel. It also ensures regular property maintenance and fills up estates to give them more of a community feel, as well as contributing towards increasing the housing stock in the private market and getting the best use out of public assets.
The defence team within the wider Amey business supports the DIO Service Delivery Accommodation Planning and Requirements team in identifying properties across the National Housing Prime contract that could be made available for the scheme. The DIO team also engage with local chain of command then Amey’s local teams ensure properties are at move in standard.
Richard Sewter, Assistant Head of Accommodation Plans and Requirements for DIO Service Delivery Accommodation, said:“We are pleased that partly through effective collaboration with Amey and others we have, to date, let some 850 properties across a number of sites across the UK. There are a number of significant benefits to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in doing this. Some are quite obvious in that it reduces the financial burden of retaining empty houses, reduces the security risk of keeping these houses empty and it enables the MoD to remain flexible especially at a time where there is still uncertainty over the future of some MoD establishments. Furthermore, the rental income generated can be reinvested in the MoD estate.”
Residential property management specialist, Orchard & Shipman, has been appointed to advertise and manage the properties, whilst Amey continues to deliver the same maintenance service it provides for Service families.