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A unique alternative to military accommodation

OFF THE PATCH offers a unique housing service for those currently serving or affiliated with the British Armed Forces, including military veterans and those working in the defence industry. We offer an alternative to military quarters and accommodation, specifically the Mess/Block and Service Family Accommodation (more commonly known as the “Married Patch”), by facilitating rentals between military personnel and its affiliates. In practice, OFF THE PATCH places military families in rental housing owned by other military personnel.


We cater for all types of military housing arrangements, such as:

  • Alternative to SLA - Military families who no longer wish to live in service accommodation and are looking to move off the patch;

  • Families ineligible for SLA - Military families who may not qualify for Married Patch housing, such as unmarried couples;

  • Shared housing - Groups of military personnel who wish to share a house as an alternative to living in the Mess/Block;

  • Individuals ineligible for SLA - Individuals and families who are closely affiliated with the military or Ministry of Defence (including those working in the defence industry or the UK Met Office) and are looking to rent a property near to a military base;

  • Homeowners posted away - Those who own their own home but have been posted to another UK or overseas location and would prefer to rent their home to a military family;

  • Homeowners with more than one property - Those who are fortunate enough to own more than one property and wish to rent to a military family.


However, our service is not limited to the above, so if you are part of the United Kingdom Armed Forces community and have a different housing requirement, we’d still love to hear from you. Whatever your circumstances, we manage the rental from start to finish and cater solely for military arrangements.