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.
Co-founders Charlotte and Phoebe first met in December 2013. They are both military partners and extensively involved in military life. The idea of OFF THE PATCH is both unique and unprecedented. We represent our own client profile; military tenants and landlords seeking a better lettings service to cater for our unique circumstances. We are part of the military community and as tenants have a need ourselves for good standard housing options close to military bases. As landlords, we also have the need for reliable tenants to look after our family home when posted away from where we have placed down roots, with property investment being many families’ biggest asset.
The homes we offer have seen families through the ups and downs of military life – spending more time apart than together, short notice deployments, and cancelled holidays. These are not investment properties owned by landlords with an entire portfolio of “doer-uppers”, but family homes that have been loved and given shelter through the tough times that military life can bring. It is important to both sides that they are well looked after by both our landlords and tenants alike. We are leaders in the concept of a military to military letting service.
To be the best alternative to Forces housing. To work with the Ministry of Defence to support serving personnel and their families by offering a unique alternative to military accommodation, facilitating military families to own their own property and be less reliant on service accommodation.
Meet the Team
Charlotte is an OFF THE PATCH Co-Founder. She is a commercial solicitor, with experience working in both London and Bristol law firms. She is responsible for the compliance and regulatory aspects of the business, ensuring contracts are fit for purpose and OFF THE PATCH is compliant with its regulatory responsibilities as a lettings agent. Charlotte’s partner is currently serving in the military.
Phoebe is an OFF THE PATCH Co-Founder. She has extensive experience as a landlord managing rental properties, and has built a personal property portfolio with her husband. She is particularly involved with the military community. Phoebe oversees the day-to-day running of OFF THE PATCH and is the point of contact for both tenants and landlords. She has lived between Service Families Accommodation, Private Rental Accommodation and her own home so understands the needs and challenges of each. Phoebe’s husband is currently serving in the military.
Jacqueline is an OFF THE PATCH Agent in Lincolnshire, servicing property close to RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton. She has vast experience with Service Families Accommodation, the private rental sector and as a landlord owning her own property close to military bases. She is a working mother of three children. Jacqueline’s husband is currently serving in the military.
Lara is an OFF THE PATCH Agent in Lincolnshire, servicing property close to RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton. She has experience in the local the private rental sector and worked with the military in her previous role, before relocating to the area. Lara’s partner is currently serving in the military.
Kathryn is an OFF THE PATCH Agent in North Yorkshire, servicing property close to Catterick Garrison, Marne Barracks, RAF Leeming and Alanbrooke Baracks. She has served as an Army Reservist for 17 years, consequently Kathryn has links to both the Army and RAF community and understands the unique needs of both. She is a working mother of two children. Kathryn’s husband is currently serving in the military.
Christina is an OFF THE PATCH Agent in North Yorkshire, servicing property close to Catterick Garrison, Marne Barracks, RAF Leeming and Alanbrooke Baracks. Christina has a keen interest in property and runs a home account on Instagram (@militaryhomeuk) to support military dependants to keep their homes clean and organised. She is a working mother of two children. Christina’s partner is currently serving in the military.
As members of the Forces community, we understand the unique housing needs and requirements of military families both as tenants and landlords.