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Conveyancing in Wales Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/04/17

Wales's nearest airport is Aberporth, West Wales Airport. Wales's nearest train station is Sugar Loaf.

Tregaron is the most convenient hospital to Wales.

Q.

Please confirm the cheapest fee for a £373,000 property? I am looking for a low cost conveyancing quote in Wales.

A.

This catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many property lawyers purport to offer supposedly cheap conveyancing quotes, however extra charges will be included in the solicitor's terms. This small print is often not read by home owners in a hurry. Any additional fees which are listed in the terms should be fair. They only apply to matters if the lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Any disbursements ought to be defined on the quote

Q.

We are buying on a brownfield site. What should we do regarding zinc top-soil contamination?

A.

Soil contamination is closed monitored. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Wales, including local authorities.

Q.

What length of time should the conveyancing process take, in your opinion? If it matters, we are purchasing residential property in Wales.

A.

The length of time needed to transact a house can vary, influenced by a number of issues including if there is a mortgage. We strive to ensure your sale, purchase or remortgage receives fast and efficient service.

Q.

In regards to the extensive river flooding in Wales we are wondering whether environmental searches may not be sufficient?

A.

Flood searches conducted by a property lawyer in Wales will include a far more thorough search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

If you are still concerned it may be worth trying to approach a local resident.

Q.

Will the conveyancer in Wales do personal or official searches on my home purchase?

A.

Your conveyancing solicitor will brief you regarding the most appropriate course of action, depending on things like search price. For personal searches, a property lawyer may try to find a search agent e.g Homeinfo UK Ltd t/a Search Direct South Wales, GWS Legal Services & BIRR Legal Services, ConveyIT House, 28 Coity Road, Bridgend, CF31 1LR Tel: 01656 651234 Fax: 01656 664010

Q.

Will we need to get a chancel search when you are purchasing a Wales flat conversion by church land?

A.

Where land in Wales was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to subsidise upkeep of an old church building. Some names or words such as 'rectory' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Wales church properties include St John the Baptist.

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Is a house survey advisable when purchasing any property in Wales?

A.

We recommend that all buyers in Wales instruct a house surveyor to undertake a survey if buying in Wales. A range defects can negatively affect a property, including cracks around door frames. Such issues will not be considered during the conveyancing work itself.

Q.

Is contaminated land in Wales an issue for most residential properties?

A.

Many of contaminants caused by natural causes and human activities may lessen the desirability land in Wales, and factors such as coal mining and environmental radon sources will be considered as part of the environmental searches.

 
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