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

A property inspection report is required for all applications for a UK settlement visa, these include:

· 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?

The government is basically ensuring that visa recipients have safe and appropriate accommodation. If they do not have this it is possible they would need support to move to more suitable accommodation.

 


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  and has sufficient space to accommodate both the current occupiers and any additional people who propose to live there after the visa 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 typically provide reports within a week, though it is possible to provide them in as little as 48 hours if required.


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.


8. What is a “Desktop Report”

A desktop survey report is provided where it is not feasible to have an inspector physically visit the premises.  In these cases we send a detailed questionnaire for you to complete and return (along with specified documents). We then use this to complete the report.


9. Is a desktop report accepted?

Yes. The authorities recognise that it is simply not feasible for an inspector to visit each premises and so these are treated in exactly the same way as a physical report. Much of the documentation you provide will be official and we verify all the necessary facts to ensure the report is accurate.

Remember, even a physical report is dependent on the applicant providing accurate information. The desktop report is no different, and we have never had an application refused for this reason.


10. What are the advantages of a Desktop Report?

A Desktop Report actually has many advantages including;

  • It can be quicker
  • It is less intrusive
  • It is cheaper
  • It allows reports to be provided where no inspector is available.