FAQ - Property Inspection Report
Do you need a property inspection report for spouse visa?
Entry clearance applications for the UK require adequate accommodation. 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:
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".
Are virtual property inspections considered an independent accommodation assesment?
An onsite property inspection report is more superior than a virtual inspection. However, we understand there are circumstances where a physical onsite inspection is not possible, with advances in technology it is possible to carry out a survey virtually please enquire. A virtual inspection can be considered an independent accommodation assessment if it uses employs a certain methodology. The practitioner would not be able to determine if there are health and safety concerns in the dwelling and the measurements being supplied are real.
How long does the housing survey for immigration take?
The 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.
Do you use a standardised immigration property inspection report template?
There are no standardised immigration property inspection templates used amongst surveyors in the industry. However, regardless of the format, the assessor must determine in the report whether the property contravenes public health regulations and is overcrowded. Scientific Services Group Ltd uses the Housing Act 1985 and the methodolgy within to determine overcrowding and the HHSRS framework in the Housing Act 2004 to assess health and safety hazards.