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Conveyancing in Port Talbot Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 13/10/17

Local key data:

Swansea Airport is 12 miles from Port Talbot. Cardiff Airport is 24 miles and away. The nearest station to Port Talbot is Port Talbot Parkway.

Motorists are well served with Port Talbot enjoying excellent road access very close at 1/2 mile of Junction 41 Westbound of the M4.

The most convenient hospital for Port Talbot is Neath Port Talbot.

Q.

How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? I need to find a discount conveyancing estimate.

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The confusion over this topic catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many firms claim to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing, but extra charges may be added into the terms of engagement, left unread by preoccupied homeowners Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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How long can conveyancing legal work generally take? The property is also local.

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For most residential property, the number of weeks taken to transfer a residence will vary. This wide range results from a number of issues affecting the property, for example, when a third party is slow to respond. Our conveyancers work hard to ensure your transaction is handled quickly, and to the highest standard of service.

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How much is the council tax on a Thirties detached Band F home in Port Talbot?

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Customarily the conveyancing report on title will give detail the Neath Port Talbot council tax band. Council tax rates for properties in Port Talbot are listed online at the Neath Port Talbot council website. As at (10 October 2012) band rates are:

  • Band A - £944.15
  • 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

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My mortgage lender is Yorkshire Building Society - what will we need to know?

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When buying with a mortgage, legal work must be undertaken in relation to the mortgage. Buyers should be

aware that some lenders are now limiting the firms who can act for them. For home buyers, this can result in significantly higher legal costs. Homeward Legal, however, are able to act for the majority of lenders.

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What does the Port Talbot conveyancing solicitor do when the property I hope to invest in is within a registered conservation area and has unsympathetic PVC windows installed?

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The property lawyer is required to identify if the property is affected by a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have appropriate consent from the Neath Port Talbot council.

In the event that no local authority consents be in evidence your solicitor will give you professional advice on the best alternative such as getting covered by an indemnity insurance policy or obtaining retrospective consent from the planning authority.

Q.

In respect to the serious river flooding in Wales, I am thinking that flood searches won't be sufficient?

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Flood searches carried out by your conveyancing solicitor in Port Talbot should include the more specialist search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

It may be sensible to speak to a local resident for some more confidence or local Neath Port Talbot flood damage business - try: Les Redwood, 25 Gwar Y Caeau, Port Talbot, SA13 2UR Tel: 07846 475940.

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Sudden financial circumstances dictate that we have a requirement to get going and complete on the selling of our flat in under 30 days, do Homeward Legal use fast Port Talbot conveyancing solicitors ?

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Generally house buying and selling solicitors firms are slow which usually adds huge amounts of misery to the house selling process.

Homeward Legal only ever work with conveyancing property lawyers who are focused on speed and will always communicate up the property chain (sequence of buyers and sellers) .

Moreover , Homeward Legals solicitors are selected because they have the best case management and information technology systems to exchange on your house move in minimum time.

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How is contaminated land in Port Talbot checked when buying a house?

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Property can be contaminated by a range of environmental factors. Contaminants including waste disposal sites will be detailed in an appropriate search. Baglan Bay Works, Seaway Parade, N P T, SA12 7BP may be one source of local contamination.