Local information

The Welsh capital, Cardiff, is the chief commercial centre of Wales and the main engine of growth in its economy. Recent regeneration projects have attracted sizeable investments across all sectors - leisure, retail and business.

Situated near the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Cardiff also has extensive parkland within its city boundaries, with green spaces accounting for 10% total area.

Thriving cultural events and strong nightlife scene add vitality to the city, making Cardiff an attractive place to live and work.

Cardiff conveyancing FAQs

How much council tax must I pay for a property in Cardiff Council?

Cardiff is situated in Cardiff Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Cardiff Council Tax (2018/19)
A £927.05
B £1081.56
C £1236.07
D £1390.58
E £1699.60
F £2008.62
G £2317.64
H £2781.16
I £3244.69

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

Are Cardiff conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Cardiff carry out the conveyancing on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.

Your solicitor will work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will explain what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your sale or purchase completes.

If, for whatever reason, your sale or purchase does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Cardiff?

Property searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Cardiff conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. The conveyancing for a leasehold home typically takes longer than a freehold house because there is more work involved.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from an absent freeholder to incomplete managing agent information.

Quittance's team of leasehold specialists complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month, and our proactive approach means delays are less likely to occur.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold home typically takes longer.

The buyer's solicitor will expect to see this leasehold-related paperwork, like a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance and an up-to-date statement of service charges. The time it takes to get these documents together is the common cause of such delays.

It can take a long time to gather this information if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent or they are slow to respond, so the solicitor should get this underway even before you have found a buyer.

Read more:

Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

I am remortgaging a property in Cardiff - do I need a solicitor?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Cardiff remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our property solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to a cashback mortgage with the HSBC or to a capped-rate mortgage with the Harpenden Building Society, we can help.

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