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Conveyancing in Mumbles Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/07/17

Regional and health service information

The closest station to Mumbles is Swansea, about 4 miles away. The nearest airport to Mumbles is Swansea Airport (3 miles).

The nearest hospital to Mumbles is Singleton Swansea.

Q.

How do we get a cheap solicitor to buy a house?

A.

This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors claim to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing. Often extra costs can inflate your final bill. Extras listed in the small print ought to be reasonable and clear. Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.

Q.

We are intending to buy in Mumbles. Can we verify that the property is in a designated conservation area?

A.

Locales deemed to be of 'special architectural and historic interest', such as 18th century suburbs, will be designated as conservation areas. Your solicitor will offer more information and discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area, regarding specific conservation areas in Mumbles.

Q.

What do we need to know about 'fixtures and fittings'?

A.

New owners are regularly frustrated by a lack of clarity over which fixtures and fittings are included. Often, this issue is overlooked, making it essential that the list of fixtures and fittings to be sold with the property is agreed early.

Q.

Do we need to employ a property lawyer usually used by my estate agent in Marchington?

Your agent will recommend a conveyancing firm. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, some agents may 'recommend' the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

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What can a Mumbles conveyancing solicitor recommend if the building is within a Swansea council conservation area that has unlawful dormer windows fitted?

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Swansea local authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) conducted by the solicitor during the conveyancing process will ascertain whether the property is within a conservation area and any evidence of authorisation for changes to the property will be asked for.

Q.

In what ways does the property solicitor in Mumbles report on the potential risk of possible flooding around Mumbles?

A.

An important part of the legal due diligence procedure involved in buying a home involves a conveyancing lawyer carrying out conveyancing searches that offer detail regarding Mumbles flood risk area data. A more involved dedicated flood risk search (most likely a Landmark Database search) will often be proposed by a Mumbles property solicitor, if in the event that the initial conveyancing searches reveal a flood risk.

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Which local authority is responsible for Mumbles?

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Mumbles is located in City and County of Swansea, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN phone: 01792 636000

Q.

When you are purchasing a flat conversion close to a 1400s 'church furlong' in Mumbles, will we need a chancel liability search?

A.

The result of Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank in 2003 reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must contribute towards the cost of church repairs. A chancel search is used to check that such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. Your conveyancing solicitor will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability.

 
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