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Conveyancing in Port Talbot Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

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.


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


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.


We plan to purchase a home in Port Talbot. Is a chancel search compulsory?


Regardless of the Port Talbot parish you are purchasing in, the conveyancing lawyer should confirm that a chancel search be ordered. Although some church councils have chosen to impose chancel repairs on the current owners, it is not possible to be certain that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will not automatically be the case for future owners, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.


The home in Port Talbot being purchased is on a ex-industrial site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?


Effort is made in all parts of Port Talbot and the UK to identify and remediate soil contamination. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Port Talbot, including local authorities.


Do you recommend your solicitors to conduct the legal conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Port Talbot?

We are familiar with auction buyers and sellers. Our highly qualified solicitors and conveyancers have worked for numerous buyers at national and local property auctions that include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Savvy bidders know to instruct a lawyer as soon as they can to allow enough time for a full investigation of the property's legal title well in advance of the property auction. Immediately following the day of the auction you are the lawyer should be focused on finish the purchase within 4 weeks as usually required by the terms of sale.


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


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.


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


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.


What causes purchase conveyancing work to take months to complete?


The legal work needed to sell or purchase property may take more time than budgeted. We seek to reduce their consequences whenever possible by driving the transaction forward.


We are going to buy a unique maisonette in a Port Talbot conservation area, how does one get more details concerning the standard of repair of the area?


English Heritage have assembled information about the state of conservation areas in England in addition to the risk of deterioration. Local Port Talbot conservation areas are set up by the local Neath Port Talbot planning authority, who govern everything from public spaces to the avoidance of billboards.