Household and Basic Checks
Household and Basic Checks
The compassion and generosity shown by the people of Worcestershire in supporting those that have had to flee Ukraine has been enormous and we are so proud of the number of residents willing to provide a safe place for individuals and families to live.
All lead sponsors will be contacted by their local district council to arrange the inspection of the property or properties that they have offered. We are working across all councils to do these checks as fast as possible, but you will appreciate that there are many properties to visit, and it will take some time to get to them all.
Aside from keeping sponsors, their households, and arriving Ukrainian guests safe, the UK government ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme requires us to carry out a housing check. However, this will happen in most cases after your guests have arrived, and has no bearing on the visa application process.
What do you need to do to make sure your home is suitable for your guest?
All accommodation will be different and while there is no set expectation, your accommodation needs to be free from serious health and safety hazards. You should make sure your home is safe for your guests and that it is in a suitable condition.
You should also consider how many people you can accommodate so they have sufficient space. Two people should not be in one room unless they are: adult cohabiting partners; a parent and child; two siblings of the same gender if aged over 10; two siblings regardless of gender if aged under 10. Individuals who didn’t previously know each other should not be given the same room.
Further to this we ask that accommodation:
- be kept clean and in a reasonable state
- have adequate kitchen and bathroom space
- have access to drinking water
- have a working smoke detector on each floor of the property and other fire safety precautions suitable for the building e.g. fire doors or escape routes as appropriate (further information on making a home safe from fire)
- have a working carbon monoxide detector in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove)
- have sufficient heating to keep the property at a comfortable temperature
- have safe gas appliances, fittings and flues and have undertaken a Gas Safety check within the last year (further information on making a home gas safe)
- have safe and working electrics, which a qualified electrician can help with if you are unsure
- be almost entirely free of damp or mould
- have doors and windows at entry level that lock properly
- be easy and safe to move around in, without excessively steep staircases that may cause harm
Further information and frequently asked questions can be found here: FAQ's for Supporting Ukraine | Information for residents concerned about the situation in Ukraine | Worcestershire County Council