Living Quarters Allowance [LQA] Law and Legal Definition

Living Quarters Allowance [LQA] refers to an allowance granted to an employee for the annual cost of suitable, adequate, living quarters for the employee and his/her family when government housing or government leased housing is authorized but not available.

The rate of payment is based on the employee’s grade level, location and whether the employee is accompanied by his/her family. The purpose of the allowance is to reimburse an employee for substantially all costs for either temporary or residence quarters whenever Government-owned or Government-rented quarters are not provided to the employee without charge.