As part of a property inspection report for visas, your home will be inspected by qualified professionals against the housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS). The system is used for all types of property inspection to make sure that your home is safe and habitable.
For an immigration accommodation report, the UK Border Agency wants to ensure that those who are applying for a visa have somewhere suitable to live. So how can you make sure that your home or your sponsors home will pass an immigration property inspection?
When a property inspector visits your home, they will be checking for hazards. Hazards are issues that could cause harm to you or others through health and safety issues. As well as hazards they will be checking to make sure that your property is meeting the basic needs of human comfort and life. So, to make sure your property passes its inspection, you need to make sure the following hazards are identified and removed.
Five checks before your home can pass an immigration property inspection
Mould grows in damp conditions when the temperatures are warm and humid. It is common to find small areas of mould in the shower and bathroom, but this can be scrubbed away with ease. Excessive damp and mould can lead to health problems such as breathing difficulties, so should be removed.
How to remove mould: Add damp proofing to your doors and windows, block any leaks in the roof, covers any pipes and tanks in the house and ensure there is appropriate ventilation available such as an extractor fan.
Your property should make you feel safe and secure. The emotional impacts after burglaries can be devastating for a family so preventative measures to protect your dwelling against intruders is essential for your mental health and happiness. This is particularly important in suburban areas such as London or for your property inspection report in Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire.
How to protect your home from intruders: ensure the pedestrian route to your house is well-lit and ensure your windows have sufficient locks. Your door could include security measures such as a spy hole and chain to reduce access.
- Hygiene and sanitation
Having inadequate hygiene in your home can cause health risks such as skin infections, stomach upsets and gastrointestinal illness as well as dysentery and depression. Everyone should have access to equipment to enable personal washing.
How to check you have appropriate hygiene: ensure there are sufficient numbers of sinks, baths and showers for the number of the occupant and that each sink has proper waste drainage that is suitably connected in your household.
Asbestos can damage the lungs and could cause cancer. As well as causing problems to the lungs, it can also be an irritant to the skin and eyes. Asbestos is typically found in buildings that were built between 1945-1980.
Does your home have asbestos? If you suspect your home has asbestos, then do not damage or disturb the asbestos. Instead get in contact with a dedicated removal expert who will conduct a risk assessment. Make sure all occupants know not to disturb the asbestos.
- Excess Cold
If your home is below 16 ˚C, then it poses a threat to your health and could cause heart attacks, strokes and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and bronchitis. If your home is below 10˚C, then you have a higher risk of hypothermia.
How to stop excess cold in your home: Increase thermal insulation and reduce the risk of draughts with draught-proofing around doors and windows. Ensure your installed heating system is working correctly and well maintained.