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Conveyancing in Machen Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/01/18

Local travel information

Machen's nearest train station is Caerphilly and Machen's closest airport is Cardiff Airport (16 miles). Bristol Airport is 24 miles away.

Cardiff, Croescadarn Rd is the nearest hospital to Machen.

Q.

What will the overall charge be on the sale of a £495,000 house? We need to find affordable conveyancing.

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Many online and high street firms advertise theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately additional costs may increase the final invoice. The quote should list any disbursements. Costslisted in the terms needs to be reasonable and clear. Our online quote calculator will generate an accurate quote for your transaction.

Q.

What can I do to avoid paying stamp duty?

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Stamp duty mitigation scheme must be treated with caution. Such schemes are often uneconomical and unreliable.

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Please explain why conveyancing work to buy in Machen takes such a long time?

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The legal work undertaken to transfer a house or flat in Machen may take more time for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, the reasons are unfortunately out of a lawyer's control, we, however, understand how frustrating these are and do our best to lessen their impact if it is possible to do so. There are numerous reasons for delay, such as slow third parties such as landlords or managing agents.

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Our local agent has offered the conveyancing solicitor which they often use. Is it risky to instruct this firm?

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Many agents have arrangements with solicitors whereby they refer work, however, these referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, including online or local firms, as the agent may recommend whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the law firm with the best reputation.

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Is top-soil in Machen contaminated by beryllium?

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Restrictions exist to limit soil contamination, but some existing contaminants can reside for decades after exposure. Metal contamination of soil in Machen is more likely to occur near landfill sites. Data on other contaminants, like trichloroethylene, will also be included in an environmental search.

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What would fees for our conveyancing searches come to?

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The cost of conveyancing searches significantly varies. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and will be charged at cost.

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If I am intending to buy in the parish of Machen, will we need a chancel search?

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Regardless of the Machen parish in which you are purchasing, the property solicitor may suggest that a chancel search be taken out. Chancel repair may be imposed on the owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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I am concerned about council tax rates on a Fifties mid-terrace home in Machen, how much are they?

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In general, the conveyancer's title report will include the appropriate Newport council tax band. Up-to-date charges for homes in Machen are published online at the Newport local authority website. As at, 27 September 2012, rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £682.03
  • Band B - £795.71
  • Band C - £909.38
  • Band D - £1,023.05
  • Band E - £1,250.39
  • Band F - £1,477.74
  • Band G - £1,705.08
  • Band H - £2,046.10