Me and my fiance are buying a leasehold flat in Hemel Hempstead. My property lawyer is not on the lender conveyancing list. Is it possible for me to continue with my Hemel Hempstead conveyancing solicitor notwithstanding that they are excluded from the mortgage company panel of approved conveyancing solicitors?
Various options include
- Complete the deal with your existing Hemel Hempstead lawyer but your mortgage company will no doubt retain a conveyancer from their approved panel. This will result in additional fees together with likely delay.
- Appoint a new property lawyer to act in the purchase, obviously checking they are on the lender conveyancing panel.
- Convince your conveyancer to apply to join the lender panel
Some advice if I may. My Hemel Hempstead lawyer is assuring me that she is duty bound toapply for Hemel Hempstead conveyancing searches stemming from the fact thatthe firm are on the Virgin Moneyapproved lawyer panel. These Hemel Hempstead searches cost a lot of money can this be avoided?
You have limited options available to you. As you are obtaining a mortgage with a mortgage company your solicitor has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your property lawyer would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of your bank’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook provisions . Even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out Hemel Hempstead conveyancing searches.
We wanted to use a property lawyer in Hemel Hempstead for our home move. Our financial adviser informed us that our bank Barclays won't deal with them. Why is this not regarded as unfair competition?
Lenders normally restrict either the type or the number of conveyancing solicitors on their approved list of lawyers. Typical examples of such criteria being that a law practice must have two or more partners. In addition to restricting the profile of firm, a few banks have decided to limit the number of firms they use to represent them. You should note that Barclays have no responsibility for the quality of advice provided by any member of Barclays Conveyancer Panel. Mortgage fraud was a primary driver in the rationalisation of solicitor panels since 2008 even though there are mixed opinions about the extent of solicitor involvement in some of that fraud. Data from the Land Registry indicate that hundreds of law firms, including some in or near Hemel Hempstead only execute one or two conveyances per annum.
Just had an offer accepted on a new build apartment in Hemel Hempstead. Conveyancing is necessary evil at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build legal work.
Here are examples of a selection of leasehold new build questions that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Hemel Hempstead
Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? Please supply a car parking plan. Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision. Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents. If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal.
I opted to have a survey carried out on a house in Hemel Hempstead in advance of retaining lawyers. I have been told that there is a flying freehold overhang to the house. The surveyor has said that some lenders will refuse to grant a mortgage on this type of home.
It depends who your proposed lender is. HSBC has different requirements for example to Nationwide. If you e-mail us we can check via the appropriate lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Hemel Hempstead. Conveyancing may be slightly more expensive based on your lender's requirements.
Is it simple use the search tool to find a conveyancing solicitor in Hemel Hempstead on the approved list for my mortgage?
Step one is to select a bank such as Halifax, Chelsea Building Society or Aldermore then choose your preferred area e.g. Hemel Hempstead. Conveyancing organisations in Hemel Hempstead and across England and Wales will then be shown.