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Find a Christchurch Conveyancing Solictior on Your Lender’s Panel

Ready to buy a new home in Christchurch? Failing to check that a lawyer is on your lender’s list of approved solicitors can put your Christchurch home move at risk of delay or failure.

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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Christchurch

Is the fact that my conveyancer in Christchurch is not identified on my mortgage company's conveyancing panel that there is a problem with the quality of his conveyancing?

That would most likely be an incorrect assumption to make. There are plenty of plausible explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator revealed that over three quarters of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The most common reasons for removal are: (1) low volume of transactions (2) the lawyer is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. Should you be concerned you should simply call the Christchurch conveyancing firm and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for your bank.

All was ready to complete my purchase in Christchurch next Tuesday. I have now been asked to send a copy of my building insurance schedule by my solicitor as as she informs me that she is duty bound to validate that it is in order for the mortgage company. What does the insurance need to cover?

Any lawyer on acting for lenders 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 unique to conveyancing in Christchurch.

We are planning to acquire a house and require a conveyancing solicitor in Christchurch who is on the UBS approved panel. Can you recommend a local solicitor?

Our service is limited to being a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for UBS . We don't recommend any particular firms conducting conveyancing in Christchurch.

I am downsizing from our home in Christchurch and according to the buyers it appears that there is a risk of it being constructed land that was not decontaminated. Any local lawyer would know that there is no such problem. It does beg the question why the purchasers are using a factory type conveyancing firm rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Christchurch. We have lived in Christchurch for three years we know of no issue. Is it a good idea to contact our local Authority to obtain clarification that the buyers are looking for.

It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing firm already. What do they say? 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 health insurance to cover that same sickness)

I am purchasing a new build house in Christchurch with a loan from The Mortgage Works. The sellers refused to reduce the amount so I negotiated £7000 of additionals instead. The property agent told me not disclose to my lawyer about the extras as it may put at risk my loan with The Mortgage Works. Do I keep my lawyer in the dark?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the developer of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

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