Certain countries require a resident in the UK to provide an accommodation certificate stating that the property they are living in is safe and free from any harmful hazards. This is to ensure any family member or loved one who may be visiting them in the UK remains safe.
A housing immigration inspection of your property is usually required prior to applicants gaining entry to the UK. A report is made on the housing conditions of your property under the Housing Act 2004 and is part of the application provided to the British High Commission.
The report confirms that:
- The property is acceptable for occupation under the requirements of the Housing Act 2004.
- The property has been inspected prior to being occupied.
- The occupant will not overcrowd the property.
It costs £180 for an inspection report. If a letter is re-issued within 12 months from the date of inspection, a fee of £60 is charged. If a letter is requested after the 12 month period, a full inspection will be required at full cost.
The accommodation must be occupied exclusively by you or your family. Shared accommodation with members of another family is not acceptable.
You will need to provide the following details when contacting us:
- Name of applicant
- Contact telephone number – or e mail
- Address of premises to be inspected
- Name of visitor(s) as detailed on their passports
- Applicants relationship with the visitor(s)
- Number of adults and children currently living at the premises
A typical inspection will take around one hour and the officer who visits will need to look around the whole property and you will be asked to outline who else lives in the house with you.