I am getting a mortgage offer from Santander. I hope to employ the services of a Licensed Conveyancer in Greenford. Does the Santander Conveyancing panel include Licensed Conveyancers?
The Santander conveyancing panel is, like many other lenders, associated to the Council or Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
My partner and I have just purchased a house in Greenford. We have since encountered a number of issues with the house which we believe were omitted in the conveyancing searches. What action can we take? What searches should? have been conducted for conveyancing in Greenford?
It is not clear from the question as what problems have arisen and if they are unique to conveyancing in Greenford. Conveyancing searches and investigations undertaken as part of the buying process are carried out to help avoid problems. As part of the process, a seller answers a questionnaire known as a SPIF. If the information turns out to be misleading, you could possibly take legal action against the seller for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in Greenford.
I am buying a garden flat in Greenford. Conveyancing solicitors are said to be ‘a necessary evil’ but can I do it myself?
Leaving aside the complexities and merits of DIY conveyancing in Greenford you will have to appoint a solicitor on your bank's conveyancing panel to look after their interests. Most people therefore find it easier to let the solicitor act for them and the lender. Furthermore there is minimal cost savings to be made in you doing conveyancing for yourself and another lawyer conducting the conveyancing for the lender. Please feel free to use the search tool to find a lawyer on your lender panel in Greenford.
I used Stirling Law several years past for my conveyancing in Greenford. Now, I need the documents however the law firm is no longer operating. What do I do?
Do call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to assist in tracing your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Greenford of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously retained, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.
Am I best advised to use a Greenford conveyancing practitioner based in the location that I am purchasing? We have a good friend who can conduct the legal formalities however his firm is located 200miles away.
The primary upside of using a local Greenford conveyancing firm is that you can visit the firm to sign paperwork, present your ID and pester them where appropriate. They will also have local knowledge which is a plus. That being said nothing is more important than finding someone that will pull out all the stops for you. If if people you trust instructed your friend and they were content that must trump using an unknown Greenford conveyancing solicitor solely due to them being round the corner.