All personnel who reside off base, whether temporarily or permanently, must process through the Housing Service Center. Within walking distance of the local beaches are apartments, chalets with balconies and detached homes with fireplaces and courtyards. Some areas other than Rota where housing can be found are El Puerto de Santa Maria, San Lucar and Chipiona. Living in one of these communities might provide greater privacy and more space.
The HSC counselors will assist in locating residence on the economy by:
- Providing a list of approved houses/apartments.
- Providing daily “house-hunting” trips (be advised the HSC does not provide car seats).
- Negotiating rental contracts.
- Explaining the lease agreements. The Housing Service Center provides a showing service to help locate off-base housing.
Facebook can be a tool for familiarizing yourself with the area and types of homes available, but please understand that the Housing Service Center has no control over any of the listings posted there. Many entities that post listings online are not legitimate. In order to protect your interests at all times, and as part of our procedures, you are strongly recommended to avoid making any commitments on properties prior to your arrival. This can be something as simple as asking a property manager, relator or landlord to hold a property for you. Verbal agreements are binding in Spain, and you can be held monetarily liable for any requests you make.
A mandatory Housing briefing is held every week at the Housing Welcome Center for personnel who will reside off base. The brief provides current information on government quarters, community housing, services available, Temporary Lodging Allowance, lease contract procedures, lessons learned, etc.
Newly arriving personnel are required to report to the Housing Services Center within three days of arrival to Rota with a copy of PCS orders, detaching endorsement, page 2 and page 13.
Off Base Homes and Services
The Housing Services Center offers a variety of services to assist newly arriving personnel who will live in the local community.
Rental properties - We maintain an extensive database of single houses, apartments, duplexes, etc., available in the surrounding communities. These homes are inspected to ensure they meet safety, security and habitability standards.
House hunting service - Community housing counselors will make appointments for newly arriving personnel to escort you to homes you have chosen to see and to meet the owners. Counselors are bilingual and provide translation services. Two house hunting trips are held each workday, as well as on Saturday morning.
Furnishings - The Loaner Furnishings Program provides furniture for temporary use (up to 90 days) while personnel are waiting for household goods shipments. Items available include sofas, dining tables and chairs, lamps, beds, etc. These are available for residents of both family and community housing.
The Full Tour Furnishings Program provides items that can be borrowed for the duration of your tour. Items include washers, dryers, refrigerators, ranges, kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, etc. All appliances for off base are European type (220V, 50Hz)
Self Help - Housing’s Self-Help Store is located in the housing area. Items offered for temporary loan to accompanied personnel residing on-base include: dehumidifier, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, weed eaters, garden tools and tillers. Off-base residents, whether accompanied or not, can borrow transformers for small appliances such as a coffee maker, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for their entire tour.
Liaison - For those with homes leased in the community, the community counselors are available for assistance during your entire tour. They can assist in dealing with landlords, referrals to local trades people, and interpreting/explaining utility bills.