Fiscal Operations Manual
Section 415: Relocation and Moving
House hunting expenses are those incurred by the employee in the process of finding a temporary or permanent home in the new work location.
See FIS 415-04 Reimbursements for rates and receipt requirements. All house hunting expenses are taxable to the employee.
Allowable house hunting expenses include:
- House Hunting Transportation Between New and Old Location
- Airfare – up to two round trips (two round trips for one individual or one round trip for two individuals)
- Private vehicle mileage – reimbursed at the rate per mile, up to two round trips
- Rental vehicle – cost of rental vehicle plus fuel, up to two round trips
- House Hunting Transportation in Vicinity of New Location:
- Private vehicle mileage – reimbursed at the rate per mile, up to 200 miles in the vicinity of new location
- Rental vehicle – cost of rental vehicle plus fuel
- Meals and Lodging: reimbursed at a rate up to OSU moving per diem, up to a total of ten days of meal and lodging expenses for the employee and any household members. Total is combined with moving trips – for example, the employee takes four(4) days for house hunting, they will have six(6) days left to claim for moving.
- Salary while House hunting: up to ten days, if house hunting occurs after start date (total is combined with moving)
- Miscellaneous Travel Costs:
- Transportation to/from the airport
- Baggage fees