Conveyancing In Swansea City Q & A's
Can tungsten (W) contaminate Swansea City top-soil?
Given the region's industrial and agricultural history in parts of Swansea City, top-soil contamination is difficult to avoid. Also considering issues such as groundwater contaminants like household chemicals, contaminants affecting Swansea City property will be factored into an environmental search.
How much can the cost of the searches come to?
The cost of conveyancing searches in Swansea City will vary, depending on the particular searches ordered. Commonly ordered searches include an environmental search and a drainage search.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
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What’s the difference between residential and commercial conveyancing?
In essence, there is very little difference between the tasks needed for residential conveyancing against commercial conveyancing. The real difference comes in the type of property and the purpose for which it is intended to be used.
The majority of residential transactions are freehold, whereas commercial transactions are almost exclusively leasehold, and commercial property conveyancing searches will tend to be more expensive because the structure and land will occupy a greater space on average than that for residential property.
For fast legal work on the purchase of a £ 683,000 property, what do we need to aim for?
Contacting a proactive conveyancing solicitor is the key to fast conveyancing. There are a range of things you as the purchaser can also do to speed up your conveyancing, including, asking for property searches to be ordered immediately, completing all forms as soon as possible and getting your mortgage offer in place.
The survey revealed that no planning consent was obtained for an extension: What are the issues I’ll face?
The chartered surveyor inspecting the property will check any extensions or works that have occurred and highlight any concerns for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor, who will make enquiries with the local authority to establish whether the consents and building regulations are in place.
If the building regulations agreement is not in place, the vendor is not legally allowed to sell the property until they are, since the title deeds cannot be transferred to your ownership. If building requiring planning consent is present at the property but without proof of consent approval, the local authority might be willing to accept a retrospective approval, although this could take a long time, and, even then, they may instruct you, as the new owner, to return the building to its former state, which could be very costly.
Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of action to take, including whether the retrospective planning or the reversal of building works can be renegotiated from the agreed sale price.
If I’m putting my furniture and other things in storage, will the process take longer?
There shouldn’t be any reason why your move would take longer than a standard removal if you are pitting your belongings into storage. In fact, in some instances, it might be beneficial for the chain and your completion on the sale, since you are likely to incur fewer delays in the process because you can put your furniture and other things in storage before the event.
Whatever your plans, it’s worth mentioning them to your conveyancing solicitor so that they know the logistics on the day of completion, and may even be able to provide advice and pointers on what to consider before the day to ensure things move more smoothly.
Which local authority is responsible for Swansea City?
Swansea City is located in City and County of Swansea, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN, Tel: 01792 636 000