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Are you selling or buying a property in Bristol?

Bristol is the largest city in the Southwest of England with a population nearing half a million. Bristol is a green and highly desireable place to live with an excellent transport network and a diverse range of housing stock.

As with any City, it has a number of idiosyncratic issues which Conveyancing Solicitors in Bristol are well used to. For example, it may come as a surprise to many buyers to find that much of Bristol and South Gloucestershire lies on a coalfield and mines existed even in quite central parts of the city, until the 1950s. We therefore carry out coal-mining searches for homes in most areas of Bristol.

Another example is 'Rentcharges', a legal peculiarity almost unique to the Bristol and North Somerset area. These are small annual payments, similar to ground rents, which have to be paid by the owners of some freehold properties. If a house is subject to such a charge the Solicitor will find out if it is still collected.

Fridaysmove have assisted home movers throughout Bristol, including Conveyancing in BS1 through to BS80 and our proactive approach means you move faster. Why not call us on 033 0660 0286 to find out how we can help you.

A further sample of issues noted by Bristol Conveyancing Solicitors:

Localauthority in BristolRadon in BristolMining in Bristol

Official Local Authority Searches in Bristol

If your are intending to purchase a home in Bristol a lawyer is required by your lender to apply for Official Local Authority Searches (Con 29 enquiries, LLC1 and Con29 Part 2). The Local Authority for Bristol is , BS2, BS3, BS4, BS5, BS6. BS7, BS8, BS9, BS10, BS11, BS13, BS14, BS15 and BS16 should contact Bristol City Council, The Council House, College Green, BS1 5TR. Tel: 0117 922 3000

Deadly Radon Exposure in Bristol

Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas, which occurs more in some parts of the country depending upon the local geology. It can build up in some homes, and therefore represents a potential health hazard. Bristol and North Somerset experience higher levels of the gas, but it rarely causes problems to house-owners. More recently-built properties will incorporate design features to prevent any build-up, and tests can be carried out if required on older properties to see if any remedial works are required.

Radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer and as a result forms part of the environmental search conducted by Conveyancing Solicitors in Bristol. In the past 30 years nearly half a million Radon measurements have been taken in England and Wales by the Health Protection Agency. The Bristol sample considered 7100 of the 102000 homes in the BS postcode district. The mean measurement found 85 Bq -3 with the highest recording being 1700 Bq -3.

Of the sample group 630 properties were considered over the Action Level. Extrapolated, this would mean that statistically 34960 properties will exceed the acceptable Radon level. If during the Conveyancing in Bristol, the environmental search carried indicates a high probability of Radon, it is possible to order a cost effective Radon test (roughly £50). To avoid delays during a sale, around a thousand pounds may be allocated for remedial works should a pending radon test prove positive.

Coal and Brine Pumping Searches

Mining - of coal, metal ores and other minerals - has been carried out across the country since the copper age of prehistory. Residential property may be affected by old underground workings, especially if there is still a risk of subsidence. Buyers' conveyancing solicitors carry out a standard form of search with the Coal Authority when a property is in an area where mining was known to have taken place or where coal is known to exist. A coal search will indicate whether any opencast workings have taken place or are planned in the vicinity. Although this may have less direct ongoing impact on property, the existence of large opencast workings in the vicinity can have an adverse effect while coal is being extracted. Should a search reveal former mining activity in close proximity then a further survey may be required. There is no single source of information about areas where other minerals were mined, but these workings mostly occur in areas where there is fortunately no significant housing.

There are approximately 37 areas in Bristol where a mining search is required. These include; Easton, Speedwell, Bedminster Down, Barton Hill, Stockwood, Brislington and Knowle.

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