Immigration: housing inspections and accommodation certificates

People immigrating to the UK from outside the EEC must confirm that the housing they're moving into will be suitable.

The Immigration Authority asks the ‘sponsor’ for written proof that this is the case. The British High Commission normally asks for an inspection to be carried out by a suitably qualified surveyor or Environmental Health Officer.

The inspection and report or letter needs to show that the accommodation:

  • doesn't pose a significant risk to the health or safety of those who will be living there
  • is in a reasonable state of repair and will not become overcrowded with the extra people living there

We can carry out this type of inspection for properties within the Cambridge city area.

The cost of this service is £130, which includes the inspection, associated administration and a letter stating the suitability of the property.

When you contact us (details below), we'll ask for the following information:

  • Your name and telephone number.
  • The address we need to inspect and details of the owner.
  • The full name, date of birth, current  address and passport number of the applicant
  • The name, date of birth and sex of all of the current occupiers of the property and how they are related to you. 
  • Information about the application in process (a copy of some documentation will be required at some stage, but initially details of the authority involved and a reference number will be adequate)

When we receive this information, an Officer from the Residential Team will be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time for the inspection to take place.

The inspection will take into account the general state of repair of the property and check if there is adequate space and facilities for the increased number of people.

You'll be asked to show us around the property, show how the property is occupied and we'll need to have access to all rooms.  Please be aware that the Immigration Authorities won't normally accept letters older than 12 weeks.  If your letter ‘expires’ or there is a change in circumstances since it was written, we'll need to carry out a further inspection which will incur another fee.

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