Accommodation certificates

If you are bringing family members from abroad to live in this country, the Home Office may require you to obtain a Certificate to confirm that your house is fit for habitation.

The report will identify whether a dwelling is fit for habitation and of adequate size to accommodate the proposed number of residents. There is a charge for an accommodation certificate.
 
How to Apply
You can apply for the Accommodation Certificate Application Form (sometimes referred to as an Immigration Form) by telephone (01536) 464242 or in person by visiting the One Stop Shop.
 
Payment of Fees
Before the house inspection is carried out it is necessary for the inspection/report fee of £88.00, inclusive of VAT, to be paid to the Council.
 
In the event that the house is found to be unfit for human habitation or that the house will become statutorily overcrowded if immigration permission is granted then a housing fitness report will not be issued. There will be no refund of the inspection fee. A letter will be issued stating the reasons for the unfitness and/or overcrowding.
 
Fitness For Habitation
A fitness report cannot be issued for rented property unless a current gas safety certificate has been provided with this application.
 
The requirements used to determine fitness for habitation are:-
  • it is structurally stable
  • it is free from serious disrepair
  • it is free from dampness prejudicial to the health of the occupants (if any)
  • it has adequate provision for lighting, heating and ventilation
  • it has an adequate piped supply of wholesome water
  • there are satisfactory facilities in the dwelling for the preparation and cooking of food, including a sink with a satisfactory supply of hot and cold water
  • it has a suitably located water closet for the exclusive use of the occupants (if any)
  • it has, for the exclusive use of the occupants (if any), a suitably located fixed bath or shower and a wash hand basin each of which is provided with a satisfactory supply of hot and cold water; and
  • it has an effective system for the draining of foul water and surface water
If the council identifies a property which fails to meet one or more of the above requirements, it is deemed to be unfit for human habitation. In these circumstances the council must determine the most satisfactory course of action to be taken with that property. There are several options available to the council:-
  • a repair notice
  • a closing order
  • a demolition order, or
  • include the property in a clearance area
There is a set procedure to be followed by the council in deciding the most satisfactory course of action.  These procedures can be found in the Department of Environment, Private Sector Renewal: a Strategic Approach.  Circular 17/96
 
Corby Borough Council can provide assistance to individuals applying for a visa by inspecting a property to ensure that it meets the required housing standards.
 
If the property meets the required standards an accommodation certificate will be provided. This certificate meets the needs of the Home Office and can therefore be used as part of a visa application.
What is ‘adequate accommodation’?
This is private accommodation that meets the minimum standards as required by the Housing Act 1985 (as amended).
 
Corby Borough Council can provide assistance to individuals applying for a visa by inspecting a property to ensure that it meets the required housing standards.
If the property meets the required standards an accommodation certificate will be provided.  This certificate meets the needs of the Home Office and can therefore be used as part of a visa application.
 
Contact Us
Environmental Health
Corby Borough Council
Deene House
New Post Office Square
Corby
Northants
NN17 1GD
 
Tel: 01536 464000
Last updated: Tuesday 26th June 2018 01:20:01 PM
Review date: Friday 21st June 2019 01:19:40 PM