The home I’m buying has been empty for two years; what questions should I be asking the solicitor, the estate agent, and the surveyor?
If a home has been empty for a considerable period (such as the two years mentioned here), there’s usually a reason for it. There is estimated to be around a quarter of a million properties in the country that have been empty for more than 6 months.
The primary reason is that the owner hasn’t the funds to renovate the property, or they’ve started gutting the place and run out of money to take it further, or perhaps there’s been a significant problem (e.g. fire or flood are common instances). Most likely, these properties will come up at auction.
Your estate agent will be aware of its history if the property is on their books, so you can find out a lot from them, the council will have an empty property officer, and the Land Registry will have information on the deeds. As far as the solicitor is concerned, they will establish the position on the property as part of the conveyancing, while the surveyor will have experience of checking out such properties, with the advice that you order a Building Survey (the most detailed of the options) to check out its structural integrity. Note that mortgage lenders will be more reluctant to offer a loan on such homes.
Ultimately, the ball is in your court and, if you want to pursue buying such a property, you need to be prepared to do the research, which can take up a lot of time.
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If I am purchasing near Ystrad Mynach, in the parish of Ystrad Mynach, do we need a chancel search?
Regardless of the Ystrad Mynach parish you are buying in, the lawyer might recommend that a chancel search is ordered. In older areas of Ystrad Mynach, chancel repair has the potential to be imposed on the current owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so. In the event that chancel liability may apply, your solicitor might recommend insurance rather than pulling out of the purchase.
Is your solicitor team set up to 28 day completions on property auction conveyancing in Ystrad Mynach?
Indeed we deal with auctions throughout the UK and do frequently do the legal conveyancing bidders at auction. Conveyancers always recommend buyers at auction to appoint an experienced lawyer well in advance of the day of the auction to allow enough time for a full review.
I am going to move from our terraced residence just outside Ystrad Mynach into our new house in Llanbradach , at what stage to book a removal company?
Homeward Legal usually encourage sellers wait until the point where exchange of contracts as typically an agreed moving date wont have been set. Try Brooks F C & Sons, Unit 5 Dyffryn Court, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7RJ on 01443 520331.
May our property legal fees conceal any extra fees?
No. Homeward Legal never hide any additional costs under any circumstances.
We need to complete this freehold property purchase as soon as possible, how do we arrange a fast conveyancing process in Ystrad Mynach?
Finding a communicative conveyancing solicitor is crucial to fast conveyancing. You should consider:
- Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact
- Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?
- Do they offer 'no move, no fee' protection? This can incentivise a faster transaction.
I am worried about council tax charges on a residential terraced property in Ystrad Mynach, how much are they?
Frequently the report on title should give detail the appropriate Caerphilly council tax band.
The latest council tax rates for properties in Ystrad Mynach are listed at the Caerphilly council site. At the time of authoring, 24 January 2013, rates are:
- Band A - £733.65
- Band B - £855.92
- Band C - £978.20
- Band D - £1,100.47
- Band E - £1,345.02
- Band F - £1,589.57
- Band G - £1,834.12
- Band H - £2,200.94