Pentagon Leaders Meet with Housing Company Execs

Just days after a senator demanded answers from private military housing companies on how they will address the health hazards documented by military families nationwide, top military leaders met with executives from these businesses to discuss how challenges can be addressed.

During the meeting, the executives presented the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force with a proposed Tenant Bill of Rights, which is in the process of being finalized. The group also discussed changes to incentive-fee agreements and the adoption of apps and online tools to improve property-management oversight and work-order processing.

"No military family should ever have to contend with chronic maintenance issues or concerns such as mold, pests and intrusion in their home," said Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer. "In order to fulfill our obligations to our family members and ensure the readiness of the force, we must demand excellence and responsiveness from all concerned, including our housing partners. The Tenant Bill of Rights is a much needed first step in that direction."

The group plans to continue holding similar meetings every quarter.

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