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Applicants who wish to visit or become permanent residents of the United Kingdom will need to apply to the immigration authorities for entry clearance. They will require an independent assessment of the property that the person(s) will be living in to ensure it is safe, free from category one hazards as defined in part one of the Housing Act 2004 and Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) enforcement guidance. They will also require confirmation that the property will not become illegally overcrowded by any additional person(s) proposing to move in.
The council can provide an accommodation certificate which confirms the property is safe to be lived in, in accordance with relevant housing legislation and will not become overcrowded by the persons wishing to visit or permanently live there.
Prior to inspection by our Private Sector Housing Environmental Health Officer, an application for UK entry accommodation inspection must be completed. The inspection will only be arranged once the administration fee has been paid.
The administration fee for this service is £150.
How to apply
Please note, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will not be possible for the council to conduct physical inspections of properties. Digital inspections of properties are currently being trialled. This will entail customers having to use and send or transmit their own digital video footage of their premises to the council who will conduct a desktop inspection of the property. To do this, and before applying, please contact the Private Sector Housing team on 01455 255734 to ensure you are able to do this.
Alternatively, please complete our Private Sector Housing contact form if you would like a paper form to complete and return to us.
Last updated: 18/03/2020 11:30