Frequently Asked Questions
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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;
· Parents, grandparents and other dependent relatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How long is the report valid for?
The report is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a property inspection?
When you make an application to the UK Border Agency for entry clearance into the United Kingdom, you may be asked to get an independent assessment of the number of rooms and occupants for the proposed accommodation.
A property assessment is to ensure the property is safe, in a good state of repair and doesn’t pose a health and safety risk. It will also assess whether the property would become overcrowded if any more people were to move in. If the property meets the required standards then we will issue a confirmation letter which can be used as part of a visa application.
To apply for an inspection you should have information for:
yourself (sponsor) including contact details
the person(s) entering the UK including name, age, and relationship to the sponsor
the property they intend to live in, including full address. If rented, details of the landlord and a copy of the current gas safety certificate.
Once the inspection has been undertaken the sponsor should include the confirmation letter as part of the visa application to the UK Border Agency.
When completing the property inspection the following standards are required:
-> the property is safe, in a good state of repair and doesn’t pose a health and safety risk
-> the property has adequate kitchen and bathroom facilities (shared facilities with another family is not acceptable)
-> the property is owned or occupied exclusively by the sponsor/sponsor’s family (the property is not suitable, if it is shared with members of another family)
-> the property if rented has a copy of a current gas safety certificate (your landlord should provide a copy to you every 12 months)
-> the property has a sufficient number of rooms of adequate sizes so that an assessment can be made on whether or not the property will become overcrowded if more people were to move in.
What can we do
Once we have received the application form we will contact you within seven working days to arrange a date and time for the inspection.
Following the inspection a confirmation letter will be sent to the sponsor within seven working days which will state:
-> the name(s) of the person(s) seeking entry to the UK
-> the address of the property inspected
-> who owns, and who occupies the property
-> how the property is occupied, and by who
-> whether the property provided a safe and healthy environment for an potential occupier or visitor at the time of our inspection
-> whether the property would be statutorily overcrowded by the addition of the person seeking entry to the UK
-> the name of the officer to contact for further information.
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