Claim for Real Estate Expenses

B-192583: Mar 14, 1979

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A chaplain of the Bureau of Prisons claimed reimbursement for real estate expenses incident to his change of duty station. The claimant incident to his vow of property can own no property in his own name, consequently the titles of both the old and new residences are in the name of the Church. The record indicated that the Church bore the real estate expenses involved. The purpose of the law is to reimburse the transferred employee for real estate expenses incurred by him or his immediate family, but not to reimburse a third party who may have borne the expenses. Since the conditions precedent relating to the title to the property involved were not met, the chaplain was not entitled to reimbursement of the real estate expenses claimed.