What is a Housing Report / Property Inspection Report?
A Housing Report (or UKVI property inspection report) is a document that is required for some immigration applications such as a Spouse Visa, or Visit Visa
It helps an applicant to prove to the Home Office that they have adequate accommodation. ‘Adequate accommodation’ is a mandatory requirement for UK partner and parent visa applications. It is also something that comes up in visit visa cases and some human rights cases.
Who can provide a Housing report for an Immigration Case?
There is no specific criteria set out for this in the Immigration Rules or the Home Office guidance. However, in our experience, such reports are conducted by estate agents, surveyors or immigration law specialists.
What are the benefits of a Housing Report?
A well prepared housing report will help a visa applicant to prove that adequate accommodation is available in the UK. as discussed above, this is a mandatory requirement for some visas such as a spouse visa.
What should a Housing Report for Immigration include?
A well prepared housing report should include:
- Details of the applicant;
- Details of the sponsor;
- Details of who owns the property;
- A description of the type of accommodation;
- Exact measurements of the rooms;
- Details of current occupiers;
- Professional opinion as to whether there is adequate room, as per the Housing Act, for the applicant to live;
- Confirmation that the property is currently not overcrowded, and will not become overcrowded on arrival of the applicant;
- Details of the author of the report;
- Stamp of the organisation.
Do you require a Housing Report for a Spouse Visa, Visit Visa or Immigration Application?
If so, get in touch with us at Batley Law today, and we can arrange this for you for a reasonable fixed price.