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H.R. 1403: Base Commander Housing Oversight Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 27, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1403

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 27, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to require the lessor of housing, acquired or constructed under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative and that is located on a military installation, to operate and maintain such housing to certain standards, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Base Commander Housing Oversight Act.

2.

Maintenance of MHPI housing

(a)

In general

Subchapter IV of chapter 169 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

2887.

Maintenance of units

(a)

In general

Each contract between the Secretary and a lessor of covered housing shall require the following:

(1)

The lessor shall operate and maintain the covered housing to standards established in the contract.

(2)

If the commander of the military installation on which the covered housing is located determines that the lessor has breached the contract by failing to operate and maintain the covered housing to standards under paragraph (1), the commander may elect from remedies including the following:

(A)

Withholding any payment to the lessor under the contract.

(B)

Requiring the lessor to reimburse tenants of the covered housing for private property of such tenants damaged due to such failure of the lessor.

(C)

Requiring the lessor to pay moving expenses of tenants who vacate the covered housing due to such failure of the lessor.

(b)

Covered housing defined

In this section, the term covered housing means housing—

(1)

acquired or constructed under the alternative authority of this subchapter; and

(2)

that is located on a military installation.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of such subchapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2886 the following new item:

2887. Maintenance of units.

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(c)

Reporting maintenance issues

(1)

In general

A member of the Armed Forces who resides in covered housing may report maintenance issues regarding such covered housing to a superior in the chain of command or an Inspector General.

(2)

Definitions

In this subsection:

(A)

The term covered housing has the meaning given that term in section 2887 of title 10, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).

(B)

The term Inspector General has the meaning given that term in section 1034(j) of title 10, United States Code.