1. Who needs a property inspection report for UK entry clearance visa and settlement purposes?

A property inspection report is required for all applications leading to/for the purposes of settlement, these are:

· Spouse(s) and civil partners;
· Fiancé(e)s and proposed civil partner;
· Unmarried and same-sex partners;
· Children;
· Parents, grandparents and other dependent relatives.
 

2. Why does the Home Office/UKBA require a property (or housing accomodation) inspection report?

It is imperative to demonstrate that the Applicant(s) will have no further need to be re-housed once in the UK.  The Sponsor needs to provide evidence that they have the funds to maintain and accommodate the Applicant(s) without recourse to public funds.  The Home Office/UKBA must be satisfied that the Sponsor can accommodate the Applicant(s) in housing that that will not become statutorily overcrowded under the provisions of Part X of the Housing Act 1985 and is safe and fit for human habitation under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004.


3. What information do you require from me?

Before we come to inspect the property will send you an enquiry form and you will be requested for the following details:

· The address of the property;
· Full passport name and date of birth of the applicant(s);
· Full passport name(s) and date of births of all persons who will be living
at the property once UK entry clearance visa has been granted;
· Relationship of Sponsor to the applicant(s);
· Ownership of the property;
· Type of application which is being made.

4. What do you check during the accommodation inspection?

We have to measure every room in the accommodation to ensure the property will not become statutorily overcrowded under Part X of the Housing Act 1985 and has sufficient space to accommodate both the current occupiers and any additional people who propose to live there after UK entry clearance or settlement is granted.

The property will also be inspected internally and externally using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) covered by Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004.


5. How quickly can you provide the report?

We can provide reports within 48 hours of arranging the inspection.


6. How long is the report valid for?

The report is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.


7. How much does it cost?

Our fee is dependent on the location and size of the property/accomodation; and the level of service required.  Please contact us to obtain a personalised quote.