I have heard no from several people. It has to be a legit rental. Why would the FAA pay for housing if you already live in OKC, as an example. A thread in "ATC chatter" called 'How much per diem did you save?' explains it.Can you still get the per diem if it is not FAA approved housing?
I know that they wouldn't pay if I lived in Okc. I have moved to Stillwater, Ok for school just didn't update it on here. But it is about 80 miles away from the city and I don't want to drive that far everyday.