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Conveyancing in Cardiff Bay Q & A's

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Updated: 23/07/17

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.

Q.

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

A.

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.

Q.

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.

How much can searches cost?

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

Q.

How many weeks should I expect it to take my lawyer to finish the legal work on the top floor of sixties building in Cardiff Bay?

A.

The process can take anywhere between 1 month and three months dependent on various factors like the efficiency of the vendors lawyer, or whether your solicitor has to act for your lender. Our proactive property lawyers are very focused on communication exchanging as quickly we can.

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.

Q.

What will a Cardiff Bay conveyancing lawyer do when the property we are buying is situated in a conservation area and has unsanctioned new windows fitted?

A.

The property solicitor will confirm if your proposed purchase is located within a conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have the required permissions.

Q.

We are concerned about the council tax amounts on a Sixties end of terrace house in Cardiff Bay, how much are they?

A.

Typically the conveyancer's title report should contain the Cardiff council tax band.

Council tax charges for residents of Cardiff Bay are tabled on the Cardiff council site. Currently (03 September 2012) the different rates are:

  • Band A - £738.47
  • Band B - £861.55
  • Band C - £984.63
  • Band D - £1,107.71
  • Band E - £1,353.87
  • Band F - £1,600.03
  • Band G - £1,846.18
  • Band H - £2,215.42

 
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