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Conveyancing in Cardiff Bay Q & A's

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Updated: 15/04/17

Cardiff Bay area information

Cardiff Castle Cadw and Cardiff Castle Historic Building are situated in Cardiff Bay.

Cardiff Bay station is about a mile from Cardiff Bay. The nearest airport to Cardiff Bay is Cardiff Airport. Bristol Airport is 21 mile away.

The nearest hospital to Cardiff Bay is Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

Q.

How do I get a cheap solicitor quote for purchasing freehold property?

A.

Both high-street and online firms claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', however extra charges will be included in the solicitor's terms of engagement which unwary buyers fail to check. Any charges included in terms of engagement needs to be clearly defined and only come into force where the lawyer is required to complete extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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If we are intending to purchase near Cardiff Bay, in the parish of , do we need a chancel search?

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The Cardiff Bay conveyancing solicitor may suggest that a chancel search be taken out, whichever parish where the property being bought is found. In Cardiff Bay's much older areas, chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on owners of a property where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners.

Q.

How much can searches cost?

Searches range in cost, depending on the specific searches which have been ordered.

Q.

How soon do I need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Cardiff Bay?

A.

The straightforward answer is, the faster you instruct the better, as the legal work can start very early in the process. Some sources advocate postponing instruction until an offer has been firmly agreed, but delays can risk the other side pulling out, particularly in uncertain market conditions.

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Should we get a chancel search? I am buying a property in Cardiff Bay.

A.

The Law Lords decision in Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank in 2003 confirmed that chancel repair liability could be enforced. A chancel search addresses if such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country.

Q.

The Cardiff Bay property being purchased is on a ex-industrial use land. Can the soil still be contaminated?

A.

There are wide-ranging regulations imposed to limit soil contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include groundwater contamination and radioactive waste.

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Which actual conveyancing searches will the property solicitor in Cardiff Bay apply for on a Cardiff Bay house?

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Standard procedure is to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search, and possibly particular searches, like Chancel.

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I am buying in Cardiff Bay, do we need conveyancing searches?

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These searches are standard queries ordered on behalf of the party intending to buy the property, which may include a limestone search. Buyers in Cardiff Bay should consider that, these searches refer specifically to legal considerations.

 
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