Immigration Issues


Immigration Issues

Private Landlords - duty to carry out Immigration Checks

Please visit the Private Landlords: Duty to Carry out Immigration Checks web page for information on your obligations.

The Private Sector Housing team carries out accommodation checks on behalf of the Home Office.


We provide a home visit service for immigration applicants who need to provide evidence that they have suitable housing accommodation within the United Kingdom. In most cases, immigration applicants must provide evidence that they have suitable housing accommodation within the United Kingdom. This evidence must show that the premises they intend to occupy doesn't have any Category One hazards under the Housing Health and Safety Rating Systems (e.g. unfit accommodation) and will not become overcrowded when they take up residence. The British High Commissions in various countries will accept evidence from a private surveyor or the local authority

What we need from you:

You will need to provide the following information and payment before a home visit and confirmation letter can be provided.

  • Provide a copy of the relevant High Commission request letter with the name of the person wanting to enter the country and High Commission reference number. We must have this reference as we must provide it on all correspondence.

  • Cost for service is currently £120. Payment can be made in cash or cheque. If payment is made by cheque, the funds must clear before we a home visit is made. A receipt will be provided for payment. Cash payments can be made at the Reception at the Town Hall in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN39 3JX.

  • The address of the property where the applicant will be living on entry into the UK

  • If the property is rented you must provide the name and address of the landlord. If the property is owner occupied, evidence of ownership is required together with a copy of photo ID for the owner (passport).  If the property is owned by a Registered Social Landlord, proof must be provided that they grant permission for an additional person to occupy the property.

What we will do for you:

When we have received all the required information, documents and payment, an appointment to inspect the property will be made. This will normally be within 10 working days.

During the inspection the officer will ensure the property is suitable for the incoming applicant(s). They will also ensure that the incoming applicant(s) have the permission of the property owner and any relevant third party, to occupy the property. Following the inspection Rother District Council will provide the British High Commission with a report of the property, a copy of which will be sent to the sponsor. This again will normally be within 10 working days.

If you would like further information about immigration visits please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01424 787000

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