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Conveyancing in Neath Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 26/07/17

Neath area info

Aberdulais Falls National Trust , Aberdulais Falls Waterfall and Neath Abbey and Gatehouse Cadw are close to Neath.

Swansea Airport is 12 miles from Neath. Neath station is around a mile from Neath.

Drivers are well served with Neath enjoying very convenient major road access under a couple of miles off the M4 Junction 42 Westbound.

The closest hospital to Neath is Cimla.

Q.

What are the best rates for conveyancing for a 745k property?

A.

Several law firms advertise 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often additional fees may inflate the solicitor's invoice. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

Q.

What sort of additional enquiries about the risk of flooding at Neath Port Talbot will a conveyancing solicitor in Neath advise us on?

A.

An integral part of the legal procedure of buying a property involves a lawyer applying for environmental searches that give information with regard to Neath historical flood risk.

Q.

How much is the council tax on a Forties end of terrace Band H home in Neath?

A.

Ordinarily, a conveyancing report on title will supply the relevant Neath Port Talbot council tax band. Up-to-date charges for residents of Neath are listed at the Neath Port Talbot local authority website. At the time of writing on 13 September 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £944.15
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  • Band B - £1,101.51
  • Band C - £1,258.87
  • Band D - £1,416.23
  • Band E - £1,730.95
  • Band F - £2,045.67
  • Band G - £2,360.38
  • Band H - £2,832.46

Q.

Neath property lawyers order standard searches if instructed to act for a home buyer - which actual ones?

A.

If you are obtaining a mortgage the building society of bank requires you to particular searches, including the following Local Authority (council), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environmental,, and possibly specific searches, like a Company Searches.

Q.

Which local authority looks after Neath?

A.

Neath is located in Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Port Talbot Civic Centre, Port Talbot, SA13 1PJ phone: 01639 686868

Q.

Is there a danger that we could be gazumped?

A.

Gazumping occurs when a seller accepts a purchaser's offer and later dismisses it. Instead, they then go for a better offer. There is almost always a danger of gazumping. You should instruct your solicitor as soon as possible to reduce the chance of gazumping.

Q.

What can the cost of the conveyancing searches total?

A.

Conveyancing searches ranges in cost, subject to the searches your lender requires. Your solicitor will usually advise a pack including a local authority search and an environmental search.

Q.

Will I need a chancel search? We are buying in Neath.

A.

Some owners in Neath can be required to pay for repairs to nearby church property. Parochial Church Councils in Neath must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. A solicitor will be able to advise further.

 
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