atrmwclark provided this useful information 10 years, 7 months ago:

Lodging in The KMC

I work for lodging at the KMC. If you are PCS'ing you can make lodging reservations up to a year in advance. You don't need you hard copies of your orders to make reservations. You only need hard copies when you check in. We have so many people come to us needing a place to stay and we don't have the room. It is expensive to stay off base. So please make those reservations early.

06371474920 is the number to central reservations or email lodging@ramstein.af.mil Lodging does have some pet friendly rooms but to get those you have to make reservations early. Rooms are pretty cheap, a lot better than off base and a lot of other base lodging rates. It would be helpful that when you make you reservations on the phone or online that you tell us how old your children are.



10 years, 7 months ago

Quote by atrmwclark:
06371474920 is the number to central reservations or email lodging@ramstein.af.mil Lodging does have some pet friendly rooms but to get those you have to make reservations early. Rooms are pretty cheap, a lot better than off base and a lot of other base lodging rates. It would be helpful that when you make you reservations on the phone or online that you tell us how old your children are.


Thank you for the great info. I wish I had known about the pet friendly rooms. Unfortunately, we only had about 2 weeks notice that we were coming. Luckily, our sponsor was able to keep our dog for us, and we boarded our cat at a local kennel in Landstuhl.

You are right, the room prices are very reasonable. We had one of the rooms at Vogelweh Inn that had a separate sleeping area, kitchen, and living room area. It was surprisingly affordable. It would have been nice to have had our pets with us, but everything worked out.

Oh, I know I mentioned the housekeeping staff before, but the maintenance staff was awesome. There were a few items in our room that required repair. Maintenance was super fast and did a great job.

The Inns here are very good.

9 years, 11 months ago

Here is a list of off post hotels I received. Can anyone tell me if any of these hotels are close to Kaiserslautern garrison and will accept pets?

Mike

Hotel List Feb 09.pdf

9 years, 11 months ago

Quote by mkskakhk:
Here is a list of off post hotels I received. Can anyone tell me if any of these hotels are close to Kaiserslautern garrison and will accept pets?

Mike




Do you want to be close to ROB, Vogelweh, Kleber, Ramstein. Let me know and I can tell you which one is the closet and which ones accepts pets

9 years, 10 months ago

Im looking at Vogelweh.

9 years, 10 months ago

I was talking with a friend of mine who ended up paying a lot out of pocket for temporary quarters when she arrived. She did what I want to do. She found a place with a kitchen and laundry figuring that her temporary quarters subsistence allowance would pay for it, Pier Diem. But it didn't. Finance started her living quarters allowance, which didn't cover the expenses. I really don’t want to stay in a small hotel room for a month with two cats, eating out everyday. Does anybody know the rules on lodging cost, TQSA, and LQA for civilians?

9 years, 10 months ago

I don't mean to sound evasive to your question, but all of your questions are supposed to be clearly outlined in your packet. As a DoDDS employee (which I understand is different than other areas) we received a packet that explained our benefits and told us exactly what we were entitled to. Do you not have a liaison to call? We were assigned a liaison in Virginia to call with all of our questions.

Since your contract is probably going to be different than the contract of others, you may just need to read yours, or speak to your liaison.

Perhaps someone else will have a better answer, but since contracts vary, I would not want to give you bad info.

9 years, 10 months ago

Quote by mkskakhk:
I was talking with a friend of mine who ended up paying a lot out of pocket for temporary quarters when she arrived. She did what I want to do. She found a place with a kitchen and laundry figuring that her temporary quarters subsistence allowance would pay for it, Pier Diem. But it didn't. Finance started her living quarters allowance, which didn't cover the expenses. I really don’t want to stay in a small hotel room for a month with two cats, eating out everyday. Does anybody know the rules on lodging cost, TQSA, and LQA for civilians?


TQSA or Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance is for lodging and per-diem during the transition period between arrival at your new duty station and permanent housing.

TQSA is paid in 30 day increments. Maximum is 90 days Your pay entitlement in TQSA varies according to your pay. More so than that is (should be) controlled at the management level regarding how much.

Among the reasons for these controls are: PCS funds come from organizational operating costs and although they are budgeted for, they are not bottomless and It is not smart to give an incoming employee their max TQSA because they will have to reconcile exact costs expended (Hotel, food, laundry, etc...) I have seen the situation where the employee incurred a large debt by taking the Max TQSA.

If I am not mistaken during the first 30 days the Sponsor is entitled to 75% of the per-diem rate, Spouse and dependents over 12 50%, dependents under 12 are 40%. The percentages reduce should you need to enter into a second 30 day period. They reduce even further should you need a third 30 day period.

You will be required to keep all receipts for more than $75 and all Laundry receipts. This is also up to your organization they may have a different policy with lower threshold. My recommendation is to keep all related receipts and there can be no question.

Regarding lodging. I would recommend getting a place with a kitchen and then shopping for food and preparing your own meals. 1-it is cheaper, and 2-it is easier to keep track of. Example would be that a family of 4 has a combined per-diem of $200/day. ($6000/month) however your organization has limited you to $100/day. To eat 3 meals a day at a restaurant for 4 people would most likely exceed $100/day. Shopping for $200-$300 feeds a family of 4 for an entire week 3 meals a day. Even with the less-than-great $ to € exchange rate shopping on the German economy for many items is cheaper than the commissary.

You will have to work with your respective organization's budget analyst or personnelist to get it set up. There are self-calculating Excel spreadsheets that they should provide to you so that you know exactly what you have spent and how much you have left. ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS! If you are not comfortable with the answer that you are given, ask them to give you the contact information for the DFAS Customer Service Representative for TQSA/LQA.

LQA or Living Quarters Allowance. LQA is what you are entitled to for you permanent lodging costs once you find a place to live. During your first 15 months you will be paid LQA based on estimated costs. You will know what your rent is 100%, but utilities, water and sewer will have to be estimated. The reason for 15 months is to enable you to gather 12 consecutive months of bills. Not later than the end of the 15th month you will have to reconcile and your LQA will adjust to the ACTUAL COSTS. If you have been over paid LQA there is a good chance that there will be a collection to recover the overpayment. If you have been underpaid it will be discovered at the recon and you will reimbursed the difference.

Among the costs that you can claim for LQA are:
Rent
Heating Oil
Firewood
Natural Gas
Electricity
Water (fresh and sewer)
trash pickup
There are more so as above ASK QUESTIONS.


Here is one that you did not ask about, but are entitled to if you decide to take it.

AoP or Advance of Pay. You can take AoP for up to 6 pay periods worth of pay. In my opinion I would suggest that you take advantage of this. This is a 100% interest-free loan. The money is recouped through payroll collection and starts at the very next pay period and will not exceed 26 pay periods for completion.

Pro: You will have extra cash on hand for things like security deposits or first and last months rent. (or whatever you want to spend it on)

Con: Collection starts immediately and your pay will be reduced the amount of the collection.

Pro: At the end of the collection period you get a mini "Pay raise" (It is your money, but it is also a little boost)

I hope that what I have written is of some assistance to you (or anyone for that matter)

Best of luck to you and ASK QUESTIONS!!!

9 years, 10 months ago

One thing we just found out this week.. The storage costs we have been coming out of pocket for to store our personal items back at home are also covered.

We are going to be reimbursed for our costs of this past 10 months, plus reimbursed for the storage costs for the rest of the time we are here. That is a big sum of money to not have to worry about.

If you can't bring it with you, put it in storage if your storage is taken care of. Again, I have no idea how DoDDS compares to other jobs. -Lee- can probably answer that one, too.

9 years, 10 months ago

Thank you all. The information you have given me will ease my transition to Germany. I owe you all a beer.

Mike

9 years, 10 months ago

I hope you are not talking about one beer and a bunch of straws!


Quote by mkskakhk:
Thank you all. The information you have given me will ease my transition to Germany. I owe you all a beer.

Mike

9 years, 9 months ago

Can you smart folks enlighten me. I am a civilian coming over on March 3, 2011 - I have a wife and 4 sons ages 13, 11, 6 and 4...according to this website (http://aoprals.state.gov/web920/per_diem_action.asp?MenuHide=1&CountryCode=1089&PostCode=&PublicationDate=20110101) I am authorized $333 per day per diem (using the city "OTHER".)

So, do I calculate my daily rate like so?

Sponsor (me) 333 x.75 = $249
Spouse 333 x .50 = $166
Son age 13 333 x .50 = $166
Son age 11 333 x .40 = $133
Son age 6 333 x .40 = $133
Son age 4 333 x .40 = $133

So my total per day is = $980 per day for the first 30 days?

I can't believe I did it right...please help and thanks.

9 years, 7 months ago

Quote by nglatz:
Can you smart folks enlighten me. I am a civilian coming over on March 3, 2011 - I have a wife and 4 sons ages 13, 11, 6 and 4...according to this website (http://aoprals.state.gov/web920/per_diem_action.asp?MenuHide=1&CountryCode=1089&PostCode=&PublicationDate=20110101) I am authorized $333 per day per diem (using the city "OTHER".)

So, do I calculate my daily rate like so?

Sponsor (me) 333 x.75 = $249
Spouse 333 x .50 = $166
Son age 13 333 x .50 = $166
Son age 11 333 x .40 = $133
Son age 6 333 x .40 = $133
Son age 4 333 x .40 = $133

So my total per day is = $980 per day for the first 30 days?

I can't believe I did it right...please help and thanks.


That turns out to be $29,400 for 30 days that is crazy but hey it is what it is, my question if you are given $980 a day and find a place where you are only paying saying $200 a night do you get to pocket the rest of the amount after the 30 days meaning if you save up the money and get romen for 30 days will they just take the fact you show that you where living in a hotel for 30 days and thats it.

9 years, 7 months ago

Quote by mcampb9107:
That turns out to be $29,400 for 30 days that is crazy but hey it is what it is, my question if you are given $980 a day and find a place where you are only paying saying $200 a night do you get to pocket the rest of the amount after the 30 days meaning if you save up the money and get romen for 30 days will they just take the fact you show that you where living in a hotel for 30 days and thats it.


Unfortunately, you won't be able to pocket all the money you don't spend. $604.75 of that amount is for lodging which they will reimburse based the actual cost as documented on the receipts you submit(i.e. if you only spend $300.00 a night for lodging, that is all you will be reimbursed).

The rest of the daily rate is for meals and incidentals, which your organization can require you to account for (if required, you would normally accomplished this by logging what you spent for each meal/incidental on a spreadsheet), only individual meals or incidental cost over $75.00 requires a receipt to be submitted.

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