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  • lollykh
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    • September 23, 2016, 01:12:42 am
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What is housing allowance?
« on: December 27, 2016, 03:01:21 am »
Hello.

I have been offered a job in Korea and it says this:

'Housing : Single housing allowance is not possible'

I have no idea what housing allowance is.



Thank you


  • Pecan
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    • December 27, 2010, 09:14:44 am
    • Seoul
Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2016, 05:34:40 am »
Not sure if you are joking...did you never receive an "allowance" as a child?

Think "allowance" for housing, but your employer is not providing it to you as an option.

You have to take the housing your employer provides, regardless of how terrible it may or may not be.  They will not permit you the option of finding your own accommodation and providing you with a housing allowance, instead.

This sort of thing usually happens when the employer owns the housing units or has a long-term slumlord contract for subpar housing.

Be careful.


  • fishead
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    • April 23, 2010, 07:58:05 am
    • Yangju Korea
Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2016, 07:57:54 am »
 A housing allowance means the employer will pay a monthly fee that covers your housing. Traditionally this was very rare and most if not all jobs offered free apartmants that you could just move into.

 housing allowance means that you the employee will have to pay all the funds needed to secure appropriate housing including the key money to get the apartment and the monthly rent. In exchange your employer will provide a monthly stipend usually 400 000 won to componsate not having to deal with housing issues.


Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2016, 08:02:03 am »
Not sure if you are joking...did you never receive an "allowance" as a child?


It's an American term. Or at least, we don't use it in the UK. So you can see how some may be a little unsure.


Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2016, 08:15:03 am »
It's also a way to break up your salary in a way that lowers their tax burden.


  • Pecan
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    • December 27, 2010, 09:14:44 am
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Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2016, 08:26:48 am »
Not sure if you are joking...did you never receive an "allowance" as a child?


It's an American term. Or at least, we don't use it in the UK. So you can see how some may be a little unsure.
Do you receive anything from your parents as a child?  If so, what do you call it in British/Proper English?


  • Pecan
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    • December 27, 2010, 09:14:44 am
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Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2016, 08:33:04 am »
A housing allowance means the employer will pay a monthly fee that covers your housing.
The above is NOT true.

The housing allowance is a fixed sum and has NOTHING to do with "covering" your housing, usually it does not, as a deposit is typically provided at the time of moving in.


  • The Arm
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    • March 09, 2015, 09:15:02 am
Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2016, 08:48:46 am »
Not sure if you are joking...did you never receive an "allowance" as a child?


It's an American term. Or at least, we don't use it in the UK. So you can see how some may be a little unsure.
Do you receive anything from your parents as a child?  If so, what do you call it in British/Proper English?

An allowance is called "pocket money" in the UK  ;D


  • Pecan
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    • December 27, 2010, 09:14:44 am
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Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2016, 09:03:06 am »
Well, we get pocket money, as well as an allowance, but they aren't the same thing.

The allowance is given for completing chores, etc. usually monthly or weekly. It's a goofy practice used to instill responsibility and a distorted work ethic.

Pocket money is given randomly when going out to events, etc. when/where money is needed.


Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2016, 09:27:36 am »
Well, we get pocket money, as well as an allowance, but they aren't the same thing.

The allowance is given for completing chores, etc. usually monthly or weekly. It's a goofy practice used to instill responsibility and a distorted work ethic.

Pocket money is given randomly when going out to events, etc. when/where money is needed.

Eh? Never ever heard allowance used in the UK. They are more or less the same thing. I'm sure loads of parents make their kids 'earn' their pocket money just as many kids in the US will get their allowance for doing nowt.


  • Pecan
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    • December 27, 2010, 09:14:44 am
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Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2016, 09:49:21 am »
Sorry for not being more clear.

I'm from the US.  I wasn't saying the UK has both, rather that the US does.

It isn't the same, as one's allowance is to be saved and used for personal things.

Pocket money is provided by parents for expenses related to taking care of/providing for their children...think, school trip, kid needs money for lunch, etc.


  • Whatgook
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    • October 06, 2015, 11:46:12 am
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Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2016, 09:54:52 am »
Sorry for not being more clear.

I'm from the US.  I wasn't saying the UK has both, rather that the US does.

It isn't the same, as one's allowance is to be saved and used for personal things.

Pocket money is provided by parents for expenses related to taking care of/providing for their children...think, school trip, kid needs money for lunch, etc.

Pecan, mate, we're from the UK. We know our lingo and what it means. Shhhhhhhhh


Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2016, 10:00:00 am »
As an American, I get what 'allowance' is. I'm more unsure about this 'housing' word that keeps getting thrown around.


  • Pecan
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    • December 27, 2010, 09:14:44 am
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Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2016, 10:02:16 am »
As you can see above, I'm not speaking about the UK, but the US.

We have both allowance and pocket money.

What I was asking was if you guys in the UK have the equivalent.


Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2016, 10:31:00 am »
As you can see above, I'm not speaking about the UK, but the US.

We have both allowance and pocket money.

What I was asking was if you guys in the UK have the equivalent.

Not that I can think of man. On a school trip or something we'd probably just ask our parents for some spending money.


  • Pecan
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    • December 27, 2010, 09:14:44 am
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Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2016, 10:57:25 am »
Thanks.


  • KimDuHan
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    • January 15, 2015, 11:48:59 am
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Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2016, 11:43:03 am »
Hello.

I have been offered a job in Korea and it says this:

'Housing : Single housing allowance is not possible'

I have no idea what housing allowance is.



Thank you

Depending on your standards it can be extra pocket money. Work out a monthly deal with a jjimjilbang for 150-200 dollars a month and bank the rest of the allowance. Your job would of probably just gave you a shoe box apartment anyways.

Jjimjilbangs are nice and cozy and you meet lots of interesting people.


  • draco888
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    • August 11, 2013, 09:11:35 pm
Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2016, 12:30:26 pm »
Not sure if you are joking...did you never receive an "allowance" as a child?


It's an American term. Or at least, we don't use it in the UK. So you can see how some may be a little unsure.

"Housing allowance" is used in the UK. And even if it wasn't it does not take a huge amount of brain power to work out what it is referring to.
« Last Edit: December 27, 2016, 12:36:17 pm by draco888 »


Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2016, 01:05:48 pm »
Not sure if you are joking...did you never receive an "allowance" as a child?


It's an American term. Or at least, we don't use it in the UK. So you can see how some may be a little unsure.

"Housing allowance" is used in the UK. And even if it wasn't it does not take a huge amount of brain power to work out what it is referring to.

I think it's crystal clear I was referring to what we were given as children.

Housing allowance is also known as housing benefit. I would argue Benefits is still more commonly used in the UK.

I don't think anyone was struggling to understand the term "allowance". I think anyone with brain power could have seen that from this thread...

 


  • draco888
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    • August 11, 2013, 09:11:35 pm
Re: What is housing allowance?
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2016, 01:15:07 pm »
Not sure if you are joking...did you never receive an "allowance" as a child?


It's an American term. Or at least, we don't use it in the UK. So you can see how some may be a little unsure.

"Housing allowance" is used in the UK. And even if it wasn't it does not take a huge amount of brain power to work out what it is referring to.



I don't think anyone was struggling to understand the term "allowance". I think anyone with brain power could have seen that from this thread...


Then you obviously struggled to read the OP which clearly states "I have no idea what housing allowance is."

I think anyone with any brain power would have seen that in this thread....