The Process

At the time of inspection the surveyor will ask you to fill out our forms and take your email address, the next working day we send you a text copy via email, so you can have a read through and confirm everything is OK and we then post the hard copy via first class Royal Mail post. We will provide a Pdf copy if requested. Evening and weekend appointments are available. 


We carry out on average 15 inspections per week and have a 100% pass rate, our clients include:


  • Local Authorities
  • Solicitors
  • Individuals
  • Housing associations
  • Educational centres



 


What is a property inspection report?

A property/housing inspection report is a document required by the UK Visa Agency (UKVI to demonstrate to the Entry Clearance Officer that you have obtained an assessment of the proposed accommodation for the applicant.

The housing inspection report for immigration purposed will be required for all applications for the purpose of settlement.

 Spouses and civil partners;

 Fiancé(e)s and proposed civil partner;

     Unmarried and same-sex partners;

 Children;

          Parents, grandparents and other dependent relatives.

Why do foreign nationals need immigration accommodation assessments?

For the simple reason that not having the accommodation assessment can lead to your settlement visa application being refused on accommodation grounds. In July 2012 ancillary visa documentation became far more rigorous. From past experience, clients have chosen to side-step the report in order to cut costs, however the costs involved in obtaining the UKVI housing inspection report would be far less than a refusal of your application.

What do our reports cover?

Our reports run to 4-5 pages in length and we have been producing accommodation reports for solicitors and local authorities since 2006.

Our detailed immigration accommodation report includes a detailed property description, room sizes and details on the
Sponsor and Applicant. We cover the following:

1.HOUSING Act 1985 PART X

Sections 324-326 of the housing act 1985 state that a dwelling is overcrowded for the purposes of this part when the number of persons sleeping in the dwelling is such as to contravene:

(a)     The standard specified in the section 325 (the room standard),or

(b)     The standard specified in the section 326 (the space standard)

 

2.HOUSING ACT 1985, PART XV111 SECTION 604 (FITNESS FOR HUMAN HABITATION)


Section 604 in part XVIII of The Housing Act 1985 sets out criterion in respect of determining whether a property is fit for human habitation.

 

3.THE HOUSING ACT 2004 (HA2004), HHSRS CROWDING AND SPACE HAZARDS


Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a tool to assess the deficiencies of a home in terms of the impact on the occupiers. Properties are assessed for 29 Health and Safety Hazards, one of which is Crowding and Space, under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.


THE STATUTORY OVERCROWDING STANDARD

Overcrowding is defined in part X section 324, 325 and 326 of the Housing Act 1985, the purpose of the legislation is to ensure that there is adequate space in which to live and sleep in.

Determining whether a property is overcrowded or not depending on the size of the property, the number of rooms and the ages and the gender mix of the persons occupying them. 

 

What information do we require to produce the report?

We will require the following:

 

·         Full name, passport number and DOB of the sponsor;

·         Full name, passport number and DOB of the applicant;

·         Landlord/Homeowner details;

·         People currently occupying the property;

·         Identification i.e. driver license, utility/council tax bill, tenancy agreement, also see information regarding property.

 

If you live in shared accommodation feel free to give us a call to discuss requirements.

 

What are the costs for the UKVI property inspection report?

Please see our prices page, if you cannot find your area, give us a call/email and we will send you a same day quote.

 

Which areas do we cover?

We have offices throughout the UK and can cover ALL areas.

 

Are we qualified to carry out the accommodation inspection report for UK visa purposes?

When an application is made to the British High Commission for Entry Clearance into the United Kingdom, they request that you:

"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."

We can confirm that we are an multi-award winning independent architectural surveying practice, we have been carrying out the housing inspection reports for the home office for over five years.

Practitioner’s Qualifications:

BA(Hons) (M.Arch.), Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology

Bsc (Hons) ARCH, FDA Interior & AT – Specialist in the Science of Arch

Do you offer any discounts?

Multiple inspections in the same geographical area and from the same company/individual can be discounted.

 

 What happens if my property does not meet the housing standards?

If the dwelling does not meet the requirements of the UK Border Agency, Hussain Architecture will issue a report for ‘unsatisfactory’ housing conditions for the purposes of Entry Clearance into the UK. Within the unsatisfactory report, we will inform the applicant/sponsor of the reasons why an unsatisfactory accommodation report has been issued. If the matters arising, noted within the unsatisfactory report are resolved, we will re-inspect the property.

 

Can I use the lounge as a bedroom?

If you have two separate lounges partitioned with a solid wall and individual doors from the hallway you can class one as a bedroom. If there are dividing doors or have a walk through lounge you cannot use it as a bedroom.

 

Can my child share my and my spouses/partner’s room?

Only very young children can, up to the age of 1 year old but they must be the biological or adoptive parent.

 

How long does the certificate last?

The letter lasts for 3 months from the date of issue.

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