I am purchasing a period investment flat in one of the conservation areas. How do I lay my hands on more details about the present state of repair of the conservation area?
Conservation areas in Llanelli are designated by the local Carmarthenshire planning authority, who regulate everything from upkeep of paths to the stoppage of poorly maintained pavements. Following a campaign, English Heritage have assembled information on the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas along with the trend.
Would arranging a house survey be advisable when buying a property, irrespective of its condition?
We firmly recommend that you instruct a RICS surveyor when buying in Llanelli. There can be a range of problems that affect a property, for example poor ventilation or roof damage, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.
What’s the difference between exchange of contracts and completion?
When you exchange contracts, this means that you are agreeing to all the terms drawn up within the contract made between you on one side of the transaction, and the opposite party on the other side. It is from this point that you are legally obliged to go through with the transaction (unless you want to be subject to financial and/or legal penalties).
The completion of contracts is the point where you officially take over ownership of the property, receive the keys and can move in. All monies are transferred between the various parties and the conveyancing solicitor contacts the Land Registry to register the change of ownership to you.
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Which local authority is responsible for Llanelli?
Llanelli is located in Carmarthenshire County Council, County Hall, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 1JP, Tel: 01267 234 567
What do I do if new and severe damage is found after moving in?
You should reasonably expect the home into which you’re moving to be cleared, clean and without additional damage. Of course, things can happen as removals can chip plaster, scratch or tear wallpaper, etc., but if there is significant damage that was not present before, it would be advisable to talk to your solicitor to see if there is any recourse for you on your seller.
You may also like to think about writing a clause into the contract that money will only be released after a cursory inspection of the premises to confirm that you are happy. This needs to be agreed with the seller’s solicitor, but the expectation is already raised. Beware that, in the chaos of the moving day, you can’t afford to delay things too much, so it’s a fine balance.
Do you need to get a chancel search if I am buying in Llanelli?
Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Llanelli property likely to be affected. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. A conveyancing lawyer will be able to advise further.
Do I need a solicitor?
The quick and easy answer is that you don’t. There is no legal imperative for you to employ a solicitor to handle the conveyancing when dealing with property. However, it would be rather unwise for you to carry out the work yourself because you probably won’t have the skills, knowledge and experience to perform many of the complex tasks, and you won’t possess the indemnity insurance that all solicitors are obliged to carry to protect clients in the event that something goes wrong.
You need to appoint a solicitor who is experienced, proactive and focused so that you have the best chance of completing your transaction as early as possible. You should also look for such a solicitor who also offers ‘No Completion, No Fee’ protection so that you will only be invoiced for the fees once your transaction has completed successfully.
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I plan to buy a rectory in the parish of Llanegwad. Will a chancel search be compulsory?
The solicitor may suggest a chancel search. Chancel repair dues can be collected on the current owners of a residence where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants.