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House inspections for immigration purposes
If you have a relative coming to live with you from abroad, Newcastle City Council must carry out an inspection of the property. This will ensure that the property:
meets the legal minimum standard
will not be overcrowded when the immigrant arrives.
Arranging an Inspection
A fee of £123 is due at the time of application. We will then get in touch to arrange a mutually convenient time for the inspection to be carried out.
During the Inspection
At the time of the inspection, you will be required to provide proof of your ownership or tenancy of the property.
If you are the owner evidence can include the Title Deeds, Mortgage Statement, correspondence from your mortgage provider or a current Tenancy Agreement.
If you are not the owner we will require details of who does own the property and confirmation that they have authorised the increase in occupation. If the property is privately rented a copy of the gas safety certificate (CP12)
You will be asked to show the Officer around the whole property, outlining who occupies the house, and which rooms they sleep in.
During the course of the inspection, the Officer will make a judgment on whether the property is suitable and safe for occupation, and whether it would become statutorily overcrowded by the addition of the person seeking entry to the UK.
After the Inspection
When the inspections and investigation is completed, you will receive a letter. this will normally arrive within 7 days of the inspection and will state:
the address of the property inspected.
whether the property is free from Category 1 hazards as described by the Housing Act 2004.
if the property is suitable for the requested occupation
As applicant, you are then responsible for ensuring the letter is received by the appropriate authority in support of the application for immigration.