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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Kempston

I am nearing exchange of contracts for my flat in Kempston and the estate agent has just called to say that the purchasers are changing their law firm. I am told that this is due to the fact that the mortgage company will only engage with property lawyers on their approved list. On what basis would a major lender only engage with certain lawyers rather the firm that they want to select to handle their conveyancing in Kempston ?

Lenders have always had panels of law firms that can act for them, but in the past few years big names such as Nationwide, have reviewed and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have acted for them for decades.

Lenders blame a rise in fraud by way of justification for the pruning – criteria have been tightened as a smaller panel is easier to keep an eye on. Banks tend not to disclose how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society says it is being contacted daily by practices that have been removed from panels. Some 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. The buyers are unlikely to have any sway in the decision.

I have given 8 weeks notice to my existing landlord and have to be out of my rented apartment in Kempston by the end of next month. Conveyancing for my house purchase has just started. How realistic is it to complete in six weeks as I wish to avoid having to find temporary accommodation?

The normal practice is not to give notice on a rental unless exchange of contracts has taken place. Assuming that you have not already done so, contact to your lawyer and ask them to they cajole the owners lawyers, try to get a realistic time scale from them that all parties will look towards

I used Wolstenholmes several years past for my conveyancing in Kempston. I now require my papers however cannot find the solicitor. What do I do?

Do contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to assist in tracking down 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 Kempston of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously used, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

I have been recommended by numerous estate agents in Kempston to get a quote from a conveyancer using your seach tool. What’s the financial advantage for Estate Agents to recommend your lawyers over and above a competitor’s?

We don’t give any referral fee for pointing buyers and sellers to this site. We found it would be just too difficult a fee because members of the public would think, ‘Why is the agent getting a kickback? Why aren’t I getting any benefit too?’ So we decided to step away from that.

The solicitors undertaking our conveyancing in Kempston has forwarded papers to review that show the property is unregistered with epitome documents. Surely all properties in Kempston are registered?

Although the vast majorities of properties in Kempston are now registered with HMLR there are still a few that remain unregistered. Any property in Kempston that has been transferred since the late 1980’s will have been registered at the HMLR under the compulsory ‘first registration’ scheme. However, if a Kempston property has not changed hands in that time then it’s likely the old fashioned title deeds will be the only evidence of ownership.Many Kempston conveyancing practitioners will be able to handle this type of conveyancing but where uncertainty reigns the conventional recommendation nowadays is for the current owners to address the registration formalities first and thereafter sell - this will have a domino effect to cause a drawn-out home move.

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