Immigration Property Inspections

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Immigration Property Inspections

Are you or is someone that you are supporting applying for entry clearance into the United Kingdom to live within the Rother District?

Do you need to provide a confirmation letter with the application that the proposed accommodation is suitable?

If the answer is yes then Rother District Council can assist you by carrying out a property inspection.

What is a property inspection?

As part of the application, the UK Border Agency must have evidence that the proposed accommodation the applicant will be living in is in a safe condition and will not become overcrowded with the addition of an extra person.

The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that the accommodation is safe, that it is in a good state of repair, there are no health and safety related issues and that the property is of a suitable size for the number of occupants and will not become overcrowded.

Following the inspection, if the property is found to meet all the relevant standards a letter will be issued within 5 working days that can be submitted with the entry clearance application.

What information do I have to provide?

If you would like the Council to carry out a property inspection you must provide the following information and documents. The documents must be brought to the Town Hall in Bexhill-on-Sea and an officer will check the original documents and take copies. A convenient date and time will be arranged after payment has been made.

  • The full name and date of birth of the person applying for entry clearance

  • Copy of the applicant's passport

  • Full address of the property to be inspected

  • Copy of the title deeds for the property showing ownership

  • Copy of photographic identification for the owner of the property (passport, driving licence)

  • If the property is rented, a copy of the tenancy agreement

  • If the property is rented, written consent from the landlord that the applicant can move into the property

  • If the property is rented, copy of photographic identification for the owner of property (passport,  driving licence)

What will happen during the inspection?

During the inspection the Environmental Health/Housing Officer will require access into all rooms in the property. The officer will walk around each room and look for any defects that could affect the health and safety of anyone living in the property. All rooms (except for the kitchen and bathroom) will be measured so the officer can calculate the maximum number of people that can live in the property before it becomes overcrowded. Following the inspection, if the property is found to meet all the relevant standards a letter will be issued within 5 working days that can be submitted with the entry clearance application.

How much will it cost?

The service costs £120. Payment is made using our Immigration inspection payment system Please note that the fee must be paid before the inspection will be carried out.

Rother District Council will complete a property inspection and provide a confirmation letter for a fee of £120. The confirmation letter can accompany the entry clearance application to the UK Border Agency.

How  to I arrange an inspection?

  1. Pay the £120 by using our Immigration inspection payment system

  2. You will be contacted within 5 working days to arrange an appointment for you to visit the Town Hall situated in Bexhill-on-Sea, you must bring all the documents that have been listed above with you so they can be checked and copied.

  3. If all the documents are found to be satisfactory, you will be given a date when the property will be inspected at the time you present the documents at the Town Hall.

  4. If the property is found to be in a satisfactory order you will receive the confirmation letter within 5 working days.

  5. If you choose to cancel the inspection, please refer to the terms and conditions on the payment page (also copies on to emailed receipt that you will receive after payment is made) relating to refunds of the fee.

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