I am selling my home in Wallasey and the EA has just called to say that the buyers are appointing a new conveyancer. The reason given is that the lender will only deal with solicitors on their conveyancing panel. Why would a leading lender only deal with certain law firms rather the firm that they want to select for their conveyancing in Wallasey ?
Lenders have always had an approved set of law firms that can act for them, but in recent years big names such as Santander, have considered and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have worked with them for many years.
Mortgage companies point to the increase in fraud by way of justification for the reduction – criteria have been tightened as a smaller panel is easier to keep an eye on. No lender will say how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society claims that it is being contacted daily by practices that have been removed from panels. Plenty of firms do not even realise they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyers' case. Your buyers are not going to have any sway in the decision.
My husband and I are purchasing a purpose built apartment in Wallasey with a loan from Skipton Building Society.We use our Wallasey conveyancing practitioner but Skipton Building Society says she’s not listed on their "panel". we are left little option but to use a Skipton Building Society panel firm or keep our preferred solicitor and fork out for a Skipton Building Society panel lawyer to represent them. We feel as though this is unjust; is there anything we can do?
Unfortunately,no. The loan issued to you contains various provisions, one of which will be that solicitors needs to be on the Skipton Building Society conveyancing panel. Until recently, most banks had large numbers of solicitors on their panels: a borrower could find one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. A further alternative is for your lawyer to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Skipton Building Society
Are all Wallasey Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing list of approved solicitors?
It is true that some banks and building societies now utilise the accreditation scheme as the kick off point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. Nevertheless,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for solicitors wishing to join their approved list of firms.
When it comes to lenders such as Virgin Money, do Wallasey solicitors face a fee to be on the list of approved solicitors?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel, although some do levy an administration fee to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel submission.
Having read lots of house buying guides, I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my local Wallasey solicitor - who is on the HSBC conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?
HSBC will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually HSBC will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. Your solicitor will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by your Wallasey postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with HSBC, you could contact them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors in Wallasey.
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My husband and I may need to let out our Wallasey basement flat for a while due to a career opportunity. We instructed a Wallasey conveyancing practice in 2004 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time seek any advice as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?
The lease dictates the relationship between the freeholder and you the flat owner; specifically, it will say if subletting is not allowed, or permitted but only subject to certain conditions. The rule is that if the lease contains no specific ban or restriction, subletting is allowed. The majority of leases in Wallasey do not prevent strict prohibition on subletting – such a clause would adversely affect the market value the flat. In most cases there is simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a duplicate of the tenancy agreement.
Wallasey Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Queries Prior to Purchasing
What is the name of the managing agents? This question is useful as a) areas can cause problems for the block as the common areas may begin to deteriorate where services remain unpaid b) if the leasehold owners have an issue with the managing agents you will wish to have full disclosure
Is there an average legal costs for conveyancing in Wallasey?
The average fee last year for conveyancing in Wallasey was just over one thousand four hundred and fifty pounds excluding Stamp Duty and HMLR fees.