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Conveyancing in Swansea Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/04/17

As reported in the most recent (2011) national census, Swansea's population is 730,232 spread over an area of 1,382,726 acres (559,570 hectares) meaning a residential population density 0.5 people per acre (1.3 per hectare).

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Noted Swansea interest

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Mumbles Lighthouse, Swansea Castle Cadw and Swansea Pavilion Repertory Theatre Historic Building are situated in Swansea.

The nearest train station to Swansea is Swansea, approximately a mile away and Swansea's closest airport is Swansea Airport.

The nearest hospital is Sancta Maria Swansea.

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We need to find discount conveyancing in Swansea. Can you assist?

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This catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many solicitors advertise theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional fees can increase the final invoice. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid should also be clearly stated on a Swansea conveyancing quote. Homeward Legal quotes are not estimates, and offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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I am concerned about the council tax amounts on a Fifties converted property in Swansea, how much are they?

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Normally the title report will cover the Swansea council tax band. Up-to-date charges for Swansea are published on the Swansea local authority website. As at, 20 July 2012, band rates are:

  • Band A - £780.04
  • Band B - £910.05
  • Band C - £1,040.05
  • Band D - £1,170.06
  • Band E - £1,430.07
  • Band F - £1,690.09
  • Band G - £1,950.10
  • Band H - £2,340.12

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We need to complete this purchase as soon as possible, how can we organise fast conveyancing?

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Contacting a proactive, diligent solicitor is the key to a fast conveyancing transaction. When finding a suitable a solicitor, you should ask the following: Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact Are they 'no move, no fee'? This can incentivise a faster transaction. Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?

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The current owner looks to have fitted unsightly removal of chimney stacks to the maisonette in Swansea which may violate local conservation area criteria

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A property lawyer will carry out searches verify whether the property is located within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have the essential permissions from the Swansea planning authority.Should no appropriate permissions be in evidence your solicitor will advise you of the alternatives such as getting covered by an indemnity insurance policy or requesting retrospective permission from the planning authority.

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What causes the purchase conveyancing process in Swansea to take such a long time?

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The conveyancing process may be delayed. We do our best to minimise their consequences by chasing for prompt responses.

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Is homewardlegal.co.uk geared up for move quickly on the legal conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Swansea?

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Indeed we work with auctioneers throughout Wales and frequently do the legal work for bidders at auction. Our auction team property solicitors have been instructed by many buyers at local Swansea property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Sensible purchasers always appoint a SRA regulated lawyer as quickly as possible to give enough time for an investigation of the legal papers for the lot in advance of the actual auction. After the property auction, a property conveyancing lawyer needs to be able to concentrate on complete the conveyancing process inside 28 days, a normal requirement of conditions of sale.

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Is a property survey necessary when purchasing any property?

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We advise that the majority of buyers book a building survey. Buyers should be aware that there are a wide range of defects which affect a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address, which include corrosion of pipework.

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How does the lawyer in Swansea report back on the risk and history of possible flooding in the Swansea region for a residential home I am going to buy?

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Your conveyancer makes an application for environmental searches that will include Swansea flood risk area data information.

 
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