IMMIGRATION PROPERTY SURVEY
Your Immigration Property Inspection Report will include the following:
- A description off your property;
- Names of the Sponsor, Applicant and all other Residents;
- Breakdown of the number of rooms, measurement by area size;
- Environmental notes relating to Category 1 and Category 2 hazards as per immigration guidance;
- Statement setting out permitted number of individuals and the threshold, based on both the Room and Space standards as set out in Housing Legislation;
- Qualification of your assessor and his or her official stamp certifying your report.
Our Property Inspection Reports are compliant with the UKBA (United Kingdom Border Agency) and UKVI (United Kingdom Visa and Immigration) guidance and guidelines. They are carried out by either qualified Solicitors or Consultant Environmental Assessors who will ensure that your property meets the required standard to pass successfully.
Using digital equipment and lasers for accurate measurement and quick surveys (no more tape measures!).
We provide Property Inspection Reports also referred to as an Immigration Survey, Accommodation Report or Housing Report for the purposes of supporting your Immigration Case so your case can succeed. We are amongst the cheapest providers in the UK. Please visit our ‘Cost‘ page, prices start from £80.00 including VAT.
We also include a FREE up-to-date copy of the property register (property deeds) which we obtain at our cost from the Land Registry which normally cost £20. This will be needed to prove ownership of the property and will be attached to your Property Inspection Report.
What to expect?
On the day of the visit your Solicitor or Assessor from Property Inspection Reports will call you to confirm your appointment. Once he / she arrives a visual inspection of the outside of your property will be made, notes will be taken including whether the property is a detached / semi / terraced, if there is off road parking. Inside prior to an inspection your Assessor will take details of the residence, check ID and any other relevant document which you will be notified off at the time of booking your property inspection report. You will be asked a standard set of queries relatig to your property. Once complete, all living spaces will be measured using our digital measurement devices. If there are any issues these will be explained to you and what you can do to rectify the same. You will than receive a report detailing your assessment which you can use to support your immigration application. The visit will last approximately 20 – 45 minutes.
Why you need a Property Inspection Report?
In line with UK immigration rules any application made to the Home Office for the purposes of Entry Clearance or for settlement must be supported by proof that the Sponsor and Applicant have adequate accommodation to support themselves and live in. Applications that commonly fall into this requirement include Spouse Visa, Fiance Visa (Marriage Visa), family dependents (such as Children, Parents, Grandparents). This can only be achieved by a property inspection report.
Property Inspection Reports must be carried out by individuals who are suitably Qualified to do so including Solicitors they must also be independent.
Guidance stipulates that Applicants must:
“Obtain 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.”
Property Inspection Reports through us will meet the legislative requirements giving you piece of mind. There are two essential requirements an Applicant must meet (1) That the property is not considered overcrowded in accordance with Part X of the Housing Act 1985, this essentially mean that it should not be currently overcrowded, and the addition of the Applicants will not lead the accommodation to be overcrowded. (2) That there are no Category 1 or Category 2 hazards in accordance with the HHSRS (Housing Health and Safety Rating Scheme) that could potentially cause the property to be unfit for human habitation.
Property Inspection Reports are the only proof which UKBA and UKVI consider acceptable to prove that you have adequate accommodation.
Where a property may be overcrowded in its current state we will assist you in rearranging your living conditions for example who should share the room or which rooms should be shared to ensure you can still meet the required standard.
The Law (the boring bit) :
Section 324 (part X of the Housing Act 1985 defines Overcrowding as: ” A dwelling is overcrowded for the purposes of this Part when the number of persons sleeping in the dwelling is such as to contraveneDefinition of
(a) the standard specified in section 325 (the room standard), or
(b) the standard specified in section 326 (the space standard).”
Section 325 (Part X of the Housing Act 1985) provides us with Space Standard for the purpose of immigration as: “The room standard is contravened when the number of persons
sleeping in a dwelling and the number of rooms available as
sleeping accommodation is such that two persons of opposite
sexes who are not living together as husband and wife must sleep
in the same room.
The room standard for this purpose (a) children under the age of ten shall be left out of account, and (b) a room is available as sleeping accommodation if it is of a type normally used in the locality as a bedroom or as a living room.”
Call us to arrange your Property Inspection Report, our main number is 0844 542 1101 Mobile friendly number 07816 333 977, you can also use the contact form on this site.