What to do if you are from abroad and need housing or if you want to bring a relative from abroad to live with you.
If you are from abroad
If you are from abroad and you are not entitled to receive public funds, we will not be able to consider you for social housing. We can, however, offer advice to help you find somewhere to live. You can get help by contacting our Housing Options team using the contact details on this page.
If you are homeless and have no money, you should contact Social Services immediately.
Bringing a relative to live from abroad - immigration inspections
If you want to bring a relative from abroad to live with you, we need to inspect your home to make sure it is a suitable place to live.
How to apply for an inspection
You can download anand send it to us with the fee.
Cost of an inspection
The charge for the inspection and report is £195.60 (£163 plus vat). You must pay this before we arrange a visit.
Details of the visit
The visit will take about an hour and we will need to see the whole house.
We will then produce a report and our recommendations, which we will send to you to pass onto the embassy dealing with your case. The whole process takes about two weeks.
For more information on the immigration inspections we carry out, please contact our Private Sector Housing team using the contact details on this page.