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Conveyancing in Heath Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

Living in the area? ;

Heath's closest train station is Heath Low Level and Cardiff Airport is 10 miles from Heath. Bristol Airport is 23 miles away.

Heath is very close at roughly 2m of the M4 Junction 32 Eastbound.

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Local points of interest in Heath

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National Museum & Gallery of Wales Aviation Museum and Cardiff Castle Historic Building are in the vicinity of Heath.

The closest hospital is University Dental Cardiff.

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On the purchase of a £500,000 residence, what will be the fees? We need to find fixed rate Heath conveyancing.

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The confusion over this topic catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many firms purport to offer cheap conveyancing, but extra costs are often hiding in the small print. Any fees found in the terms ought to be fair and only apply to matters if the solicitor must complete additional work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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If I am buying in the parish of Briton Ferry, are we advised to get a chancel search?

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Your conveyancing lawyer could recommend a chancel search, regardless of the parish where the property being bought is found. Although some parish councils have taken the decision to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, a solicitor cannot state with certainty that a parish where dues have not recently been paid will not automatically be the case for future owners. For property in the parish of Briton Ferry, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.

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I am concerned about council tax rates on a Fifties converted property in Heath, what are they?

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Conventionally a conveyancer's title report will include the Cardiff council tax band. The latest council tax rates for Heath are published at the Cardiff council site. Currently, 18 August 2012, 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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Which particular conveyancing searches will the Heath conveyancing solicitor carry out when acting on a Heath flat?

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The normal conveyancing procedure will be to obtain Local Authority Search, Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal) and Environmental as well as any less common searches, which may include a Utilities Search.

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Do Homeward Legal look after the legal conveyancing of property auction properties in Heath?

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Yes - Our residential property lawyers often get instructed by buyers and sellers at auction. We usually encourage buyers at auction to formally appoint the lawyer before the date of the auction to allow time for a review of the legal pack. Post auction day arrives your now prepared solicitor is absolutely prepared for concluding the legal work inside as short a time frame as typically required .

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Can you suggest how to avoid paying out for HMRC stamp duty?

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We firmly advise against any stamp duty mitigation, as such schemes are costly and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.

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Which local authority is responsible for Heath?

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Heath is located in Cardiff Council, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4UW, contact: 029 2087 208

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What does 'fixtures and fittings' mean?

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There is no absolute definition of fixtures and fittings, leading to potential for frustration after a sale completes. The need to clarify this is frequently not considered, making agreement of a comprehensive list of included items so essential.

 
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