Primarily, the applicant is expected to stay in the house of the British sponsor or partner while she is in the UK. Proof required may either be utility bills for the said residence, Council tax bills or other valid documents that show the true residential address of the partner from the UK.
However, there are instances when the British husband or partner does not have his own house as he is renting or residing in the house owned by another person like the latter’s parents, siblings or friends.
ECO-Friendly explains that to prove accommodation in an application for a UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa, ownership of the house is not the main issue. Thus, it is not important if the British spouse or partner actually has title to the house but mere possession of the house where the applicant and the British sponsor will live is more controlling.
In the case where the British spouse or sponsor does not own the house but rents it from a landlord who owns the property, this is perfectly alright since he still has the right to possess the house. Thus mere right to possess the house is sufficient to comply with the rule on accommodation.
As long as the property can suitably accommodate the British sponsor, the applicant from the Philippines, and in some cases their children, there will be no problem with regard to complying with the requirement on proper lodgings.
There are even instances when the accommodation or housing is in the form of a boathouse owned by the British husband.
In the past, one of the clients of ECO Immigration Consultancy approached our office for assistance and asked if it was alright to file her application for the UK Spouse Visa even if her British husband lived on a boat.
Mrs. Fara Grassing went to ECO Immigration Consultancy in February 2019 for consultation worried that her husband Keith’s boathouse may not be sufficient to comply with the rules on accommodation.
ECO-Friendly assured her that a boathouse as residence for purposes of complying with the UKVI rules on housing or accommodation was perfectly valid and we went on to file the application.
On 26 March 2019, we filed the application using her husband’s boathouse address as her accommodation. On 19 June 2019 or less than 90 days later, her visa application was approved and she is now happy in the UK living in the boathouse together with her husband Keith (https://www.ukvisa-eco-friendly.com/eco-friendly-blog/congrats-to-fara-and-keith).
On the other hand, there are also instances when the British sponsor is living with the parents, siblings or friends. Again this is also applicable and perfectly alright.
The only issue that must be considered is that the property must be large enough to suitably accommodate all the residents of the house including the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa who will soon also be staying in the same house if and when the application is approved.