Is a home in Maesteg East eligible for disadvantaged area stamp duty relief?
Disadvantaged areas are identified by ward, and impacted wards currently include Caerau, Bettws, Blackmill, Llangeinor, Blaengarw, Cornelly, Maesteg West, Morfa, Nantyffyllon, St. Bride's Minor, Pontycymmer, Nant-y-moel, Pyle, Maesteg East, Ogmore Vale and Cefn Cribwr. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.
The current owner appears to have fitted PVC windows on the flat in Bridgend which I think may exclude local conservation area guidelines
The conveyancing solicitor will carry out searches ascertain whether the property is inside a conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have required permission from the Bridgend planning authority.
If no authority consents be available your conveyancing solicitor will advise you of the best alternatives, which include obtaining an indemnity policy or requesting retrospective approval from the appropriate local authority.
Is contaminated land in Bridgend an issue for properties?
Residential property in Bridgend would be contaminated by many natural and human-influenced issues, like waste disposal sites and environmental radon sources. An environmental search will give more information.
Who do I give the appliance warranties to if they are being left at the property I’m selling?
If you are leaving what is generally termed ‘white goods’ at the property you are selling, which are still in warranty, the documentation should be given to your solicitor so that any warranties can be given to the buyer’s solicitor as part of the contract.
Note that, should you be leaving any electrical (or other) items at the property, this should be made clear on the Fixtures and Fittings Form (TA10) and agreed as early as possible between you and the buyers, particularly if you want financial recompense in so doing.
Should you get a chancel liability search? I am purchasing a Bridgend residence near rectory land.
Where land in Bridgend was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to contribute towards the cost of repairs to an old church building. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out.