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Housing Availability There is no on-base housing on NSA Bahrain; therefore, all military E5 and above and DoD civilians have to live on the economy. There is affordable housing for all paygrades.
Security & Occupancy A security inspection will be done on all residences that are Occupied by Military and DoD civilians. There is also a security directive for military and DoD residents upon the direction from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and guidance from the Downing Commission which states that the maximum occupancy rate for military and DoD civilians in each individual apartment building should not exceed 25 percent.
Negotiations Be prepared to negotiate!!! Everything here in Bahrain is somewhat negotiable. Prior to going on that great house-hunting trip around the island, you should make a list of items and amenities that you will need, so that you will be ready to negotiate once you have found the flat or villa you like.
Appliances Major appliances are usually provided by the landlord. If you choose to bring your own household appliances, you must know that Bahrain’s electrical current is 220 volts, 50 cycles, where the U.S. electrical current is 110 volts, 60 cycles. If you bring your own appliances you would need a step down transformer, which sometimes is also provided by the landlord. If you choose to bring your own appliances, you must also know that even on a transformer, items with timers (washing machines, microwaves, etc.) run slower, causing their motors to work less efficiently. This may cause additional stress on the appliance and shorten its life. So keep in mind that all electrical items needed can be negotiated into the lease with the landlord.
Televisions and VCR'S Televisions and VCRs pick up a different frequency here in Bahrain, so in order for your American system to pick up television stations it must be a multi-system. So if you own a regular television and VCR, then it is only good for playing your Sega/Nintendo video games or watching American taped videos. If you rent a video from one of the local video rental places, and your VCR is not multi-system, Then you will not be able to watch the video, due to the different frequency. These items are negotiable as well.
Pets Pets are allowed in most of the housing with no deposit required. Contact the designated sponsor or Family Service Center for specific requirements on shipping and importing pets to Bahrain. Some pets like tropical birds are prohibited.
Insurance All furnishings that are provided by the landlord are solely his/her responsibility. You as the tenant will only be responsible for your personal items. You can purchase renters insurance locally and stateside for your personal items. The NSA Personal Property Department would be able to assist you with all the detailed information of personal property insurance.
Leasing Procedures The Housing Welcome Center will provide a detailed indoctrination upon your arrival. During that indoctrination, you will learn how the leasing procedure works. The Housing Welcome Center will provide the leases for all residences that are occupied by military and DoD civilians.
Utilities It is a common practice for the landlord to pay all water and municipal taxes. Municipal taxes pay for garbage collection and sewer so there is no charge to you. Electricity is very expensive in Bahrain. Summer usage is high due to extreme heat and then winter usage is low. The yearly amount is written onto the contract to balance out the peak and low seasons.
Telephone Individuals stationed at NSA Bahrain are encouraged to have a telephone for recall purposes. A variety of mobile telephone stores are located in Bahrain, as well as an outlet on base. Although there is the option of having a service provider, many individuals opt to use the prepaid method while using a locally purchased mobile telephone.



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