In this article, we are going to discuss whether you should submit a housing report or a UKVI Property Inspection report for your:
- UK Spouse visa (Spouse visa application from outside the UK)
- FLR(M) Visa (Spouse visa application from inside the UK)
- UK Fiance visa
- UK Unmarried partner visa.
|Therefore, this article will discuss the following:
|What is a UK Housing report or UKVI property inspection report?
|Do you need a housing report?
|How do you get a housing report?
|What should a housing report template include?
|Housing Report Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are UK Housing reports & UKVI property inspection reports?
A Housing Report (or UKVI property inspection report) for a UK immigration application is a document that is sometimes submitted to show that the UK accommodation being relied on in the application is ‘adequate’.
Do you need a housing report?
In 99%+ of applications, no.
The Home Office does not normally expect to see a housing report being submitted as part of a UK spouse or partner visa application.
We know this because most of our immigration advisors have worked for the Home Office for many years.
Housing reports are by no means a general requirement.
In fact, we would only recommend conducting a housing report if the type of accommodation is rarely relied on and may cause the Home Office to doubt the adequacy of the accommodation (e.g., if you’re relying on a mobile home).
“But I see chartered surveyors’ websites stating that a housing report is absolutely required?”
It is certainly not the case that Housing Reports are absolutely required for spouse visa applications.
A Housing Report is not even mentioned in the Immigration Rules or the current Home Office guidance.
How do you get a housing report?
If you want to ask either a chartered surveyor for a housing report, you can follow this script:
“Hello, I am calling to ask about getting a letter from you that essentially says two things.
Firstly, my accommodation is not overcrowded as defined by the Housing Act.
Secondly, the accommodation does not contravene public health and safety regulations.
This is for a UK visa application. Is this something that you can help with?”
Furthermore, from our experience, chartered surveyors and estate agents are much more likely to agree to a Housing Report request if you tell them that you have a template that you want them to complete and sign.
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What should a housing report template include?
Since many chartered surveyors may not be familiar with writing Housing Reports for UK visa applications, it may be helpful to provide them with a pre-made template that is ready to complete and sign.
That is, of course, if you decide to include a Housing Report to support your application.
Ideally, a Housing Report template should include the following:
- The number (& type) of rooms in the property; and
- The number of permitted occupants.
“Do you have a housing report template that I can use?”
Housing report templates are available to our DIY Application Pack customers.
We do not include it as standard because it is not something we generally recommend, but application pack customers who request it can have it free of charge.
Housing Report Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who can conduct a Housing Report?
There are no specific requirements regarding who must conduct a Housing Report.
In fact, housing reports are not even mentioned in the Immigration Rules, nor are they mentioned in the current Home Office guidance.
Therefore, there are no specific guidelines regarding whom must write the report or what format/information it must include.
With this in mind, housing reports, when conducted, are usually done by chartered surveyors.
On the other hand, some councils (e.g. Manchester City Council, as seen here) list on their websites that they can carry out ‘UKVI property inspections’.
Does the housing report that we submit need to be an original copy?
If you choose to submit a housing report, you will not have to submit the original housing report or UKVI property inspection report.
As stated in the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 1534, 11 October 2018, the Home Office will no longer generally insist on seeing original documents – copies (either paper or digital) may be provided.
What is the expiry date of Housing reports?
There is no set expiry date concerning a Housing Report for a UK partner or parent visa immigration application.
This is not surprising since the Housing Report is mentioned in the Immigration Rules or current Home Office guidance.
How much does a housing report cost?
Chartered surveyors tend to charge in the region of £80-150+.
How long will it take to get a housing report?
This depends on whether you can find an organisation familiar with Housing Reports for a UK visa application.
Whilst there is a tiny minority of circumstances where submitting a housing report will be helpful, it is very rarely the case that we recommend submitting one.
We are an OISC-regulated UK immigration law firm specialising in UK spouse and partner visas. Most of our advisors have worked for the Home Office – the UK government department that will process your UK spouse or partner visa application.
If you’d like to detailed and tailored written guidance to help you submit your own UK spouse or partner visa application, you may be interested in our DIY Application Pack service.
Otherwise, you may be interested in our full legal representation service if you would like us to deal with your application from start to finish.