Frequently Asked Questions
Are your housing reports accepted by the Home Office?
The resident surveyor is an experienced practitioner and a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Therefore, all our reports are recognised and accepted by the Home Office. We are a reputable environmental health consultancy with considerable expertise in immigration inspection. We provide services to both the public and solicitors/immigration advisors. - We are a traceable, independent environmental health consultancy registered as a private limited company (Ltd). - Assessor registered with Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. - Assessor is an experienced practitioner with excellent credentials, holding an MSc in Environmental Health. - Reputable company with considerable experience in providing housing reports for immigration.
3 months from the date of issue.
What does the housing report for UK immigration contain?
Our reports are fully compliant with UKVI (United Kingdom Visa and Immigration) guidance and fulfill the Housing legislative criteria stipulated by the Home Office. The report will consist of the following: - A description of the property - Name of the sponsor and applicant. - Type of property ie rented or homeowner occupied - Breakdown of the number of rooms and size. - An environmental statement stating whether the property is free from category 1 hazards. We assess hazards using HHSRS (Housing Health and Safety Rating System) in accordance with the Housing Act 2004. - A statement of whether the property would be statutorily overcrowded by the addition of the person seeking entry to the UK. Statutory overcrowding is defined in the Housing Act 1985 and we utilise the methodology in the legislation to determine if the property is and will be overcrowded.
Do you need a property inspection report for spouse visa?
Entry clearance applications for the UK require there to be adequate accommodation available. UKVI stipulates in the immigration rules that "adequate" accommodation is a necessary requirement for UK partner and parent visa applications. Adequate for the purposes of UKVI means the property being relied upon in the application will not be: a) Overcrowded b) Does not violate public health and safety regulations. Essentially if you want to improve your chances of the visa being granted. In most circumstances it would be advisable to get a housing report. As the property inspection report proves to the entry clearance officer, the accommodation in question is satisfactory. UKVI operating guidance states: "Obtain[ed] an independent assessment of the number of rooms and occupants of the proposed accommodation. A report from a suitably qualified body certifying that a personal inspection has been carried out and giving details of accommodation inspected is usually acceptable for this purpose. Above all, the Entry Clearance officer must be satisfied that the accommodation will not become overcrowded within the definition of the Housing Act 1985 or that it will not contravene public health regulations".
How much does a property inspection report cost?
The report produced from an onsite inspection typically costs between £70-300. The price takes into consideration your location and a number of other factors. It is always best to provide a postcode for an accurate price. The online property inspection is usually £99.
How long does the housing inspection for immigration take?
The on-site housing inspection for immigration can usually be completed in about 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the house and the number of rooms.
Obtaining a property inspection report is a relatively easy process call us to have an initial consultation or email us and then complete the immigration inspection booking form.
The report comes in a PDF format and is emailed upon completion. The housing report can be uploaded on to the visa portal with your other documents. The report is also printable should you wish to do so. Please note we do not post the report out as we believe its counter-intuitive and not carbon friendly. Should we entertain your request for it to be posted we will apply a £9.99 fee.