I am progressing with the sale of my house in Frogmore and the estate agent has just e-mailed to say that the buyers are swapping conveyancer. I am told that this is due to the fact that the mortgage company will only engage with property lawyers on their approved list. Why would a big named mortgage company only engage with certain solicitors rather the firm that they want to select for their conveyancing in Frogmore ?
UK lenders have always had panels of law firms they are willing to work with, but in recent years big names such as Yorkshire Building Society, have considered and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have acted for them for over 25 years.
Banks point to the increase in fraud by way of justification for the cull – criteria have been tightened as a smaller panel is easier to keep an eye on. Banks tend not to reveal how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society claims that it is hearing daily from firms that have been removed from panels. Plenty of firms are unaware that they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyers' case. Your purchasers are not going to have any sway in the decision.
We are buying a brand new flat in Frogmore and my solicitor is informing me that she has to the mortgage company to reveal incentives from the seller. I am nearing the developer’s deadline to exchange and I don't want to delay deal. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have been advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on a lender panel is to comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook conditions. The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
Is there a list of Nationwide panel conveyancers in Frogmore on the Council of Mortgage Lender’s Website?
Unfortunately not yet. There is no such directory service on the CML or Building Society Association websites. A small selection of mortgage companies make their panel listings available online. Where you are seeking to appoint a Frogmore property lawyer on the Nationwide please use our facility.
We are getting the release of further monies on our mortgage from Leeds Building Society as we want to conduct renovations to our home in Frogmore. Are we obliged to select a bricks and mortar Frogmore solicitor on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel to deal with the paperwork?
Leeds Building Society do not ordinarily appoint firms on their conveyancing panel to deal with the formalities. If they do require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel.
I currently have a mortgage with HSBC for my property in Frogmore. Conveyancing has been completed a year ago. Should I wish to rent out the flat and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a BTL mortgage or inform HSBC?
HSBC must be informed of your intention before renting your property as this is likely to be a breach of HSBC’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will permit you to let out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact HSBC directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a HSBC conveyancing panel solicitor.
I am buying a new build apartment in Frogmore. Conveyancing is necessary evil at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build conveyancing.
Set out below are examples of a selection of leasehold new build enquiries that you should expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Frogmore
Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company? Please supply evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose?
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