All was ready to move into my new home in Carmel next Friday. My lawyer now wants me to supply her with evidence of content and building insurance for the property as he says that he has to check this in his capacity as lawyer for the lender. What risks does the lender expect the insurance to cover?
All property lawyers on acting for banks would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in a lender’s Part 2 conditions. These requirements are not specific to conveyancing in Carmel.
We see that you have a post code search directory identifying firms on the Skipton conveyancing panel. Do companies pay you a commission if I appoint them for our own conveyancing in Carmel?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Skipton conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in Carmel.
My flat in Carmel is up for sale and I have accepted an offer. Does the conveyancing practitioner need to be required to be on the Principality conveyancing panel in order to deal with redeeming my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Principality conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. It might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their requirements fairly frequently currently.
We are selling our property in Carmel and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a risk of it being constructed land that was not decontaminated. Any high street Carmel lawyer would know that there is no such problem. It does beg the question why the purchasers used a factory type conveyancing firm rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Carmel. Having lived in Carmel for three years we know that this is a non issue. Is it a good idea to get in touch with our local Authority to seek confirmation that there is no issue.
It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing lawyer already. Are they able to advise? You need to enquire of your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out life insurance to cover that same sickness)
I need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Carmel for my home move. Is there any facility to check a firm’s complaints history with the profession’s regulator?
You can find published Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions resulting from investigations commenced on or after 1 January 2008. Visit Check a solicitor's record. For information about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a solicitors history, ring 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For callers outside the UK, use +44 (0)121 329 6800. The SRA could monitor telephone calls for training reasons.