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Conveyancing in Gower Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/17

Gower area information

Parc le Breos Burial Chamber Cadw and Oxwich Castle Cadw are easily accessible from Gower.

Gower's nearest airport is Swansea Airport (3 miles). Gower's closest station is Gowerton at 6 miles.

The closest hospital for Gower is Fairwood Swansea.

Q.

How do we find low cost conveyancing?

A.

This issue catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many firms claim to offer cheap conveyancing, but additional costs are often hiding in the small print. Any disbursements should also be included on your conveyancing quote Any additional costs found in your solicitor's terms needs to be fair.

Q.

Conveyancing searches may be standard procedure for home buyers but in light of climate change such as the serious river flooding in Wales are they actually good enough to ascertain sufficient information about the Gower risk of flooding?

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A good Gower property solicitor will suggest that you carry out specialist flood searches (Landmark database search) if the first search spots a any kind of Gower area flood risk

You could also try to get in touch with a local resident to gain further peace of mind.

Q.

Is gazumping common practice in Gower?

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The practice of rejecting a previously accepted offer on a property when a better offer is made by a second buyer is called gazumping. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a risk of being gazumped. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a conveyancing solicitor as soon as you can.

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What can a Gower property lawyer recommend if the property is inside a Swansea local authority conservation area that may have ill-suited dormer windows installed?

A.

Swansea local authority enquiries carried out by your Gower property lawyer in the process of the conveyancing will find out whether the property is inside a conservation area and any evidence of planning consent for alterations will be asked for.Should no local authority consents be available your Gower conveyancing solicitor will recommend the options which may include seeking cover from an indemnity insurance policy or obtaining retrospective consent from Swansea local authority.

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There are a lot of books about handling the legal work as a seller of a home. Is it an unrealistic idea to carry out the conveyancing myself on our own?

A.

If you want to do so, you can engage in the legal process without having lawyer in Gower. In reality however, a conveyancing solicitor is familiar with a large array of tasks including approving pre exchange checklists or applying for searches most of which need a qualified solicitor. Essentially do it yourself conveyancers are not covered by the appropriate cover that solicitors practices are required by the SRA to have.

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Can I bypass paying for stamp duty?

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Stamp duty mitigation is not recommended for purchases in Gower, as such schemes are costly and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself.

Q.

Can we check that the house we are buying is in a conservation area?

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The regions located near Gower will include numerous conservation areas. Your conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further, in regard to relevant conservation area restrictions in Gower.

Q.

The property being purchased is on a ex-industrial site. It seems that tungsten (W) soil contamination may be an issue.

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Effort is made in all parts of Gower and the UK to clean up soil contamination. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as perchlorate.

 
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