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Conveyancing in Swansea Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/07/17

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

A.

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.

Q.

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

A.

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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Are property searches significant?

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Searches are a set of enquiries raised by the property solicitor with several agencies, and will only cover legal considerations.

Q.

Does 'fixtures and fittings' include things like electric or gas fires?

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Buyers are regularly frustrated by a lack of clarity over fixtures and fittings. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction, and this makes the completion of a fixtures and fittings form essential.

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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

Q.

Property environmental searches are standard procedure but in light of recent weather changes such as the extensive river flooding in Wales are they the best way to ascertain sufficient information about the ever changing Swansea flood risk?

A.

Flood searches conducted by a conveyancing solicitor in Swansea will also include the far more detailed search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

If you remain concerned you could try to contact a neighbour or local resident or local Wales flood damage builder, for example: Marv's Painting Services, 86 Phoebe Rd, Pentrechwyth, Swansea, SA1 7FF Tel: 07500 848257.

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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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When should you instruct a solicitor in Swansea?

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With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the sooner you instruct a conveyancing solicitor, the better. Instructing a solicitor early for a sale enables relevant information can be sourced sooner (this is particularly true for leasehold properties), whereas if you are buying you will the details of your Swansea solicitor ready when you make an offer.

Q.

Which local authority is responsible for Swansea?

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Swansea intersects with the following local authorities: City and County of Swansea, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN 01792 636000

 
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