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

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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Lake District

I am nearing exchange of contracts for my home in Lake District and the estate agent has just telephoned to warn that the buyers are changing their conveyancer. I am told that this is due to the fact that the lender will only work with property lawyers on their approved list. On what basis would a leading lender only deal with specific law firms rather the firm that they want to choose for their conveyancing in Lake District ?

Banks have always had an approved set of law firms they are content to work with, but in recent years big names such as HSBC, have reviewed and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have acted for them for decades.

Lending institutions justify this action to a rise in fraud by way of justification for the reduction – criteria have been tightened as a smaller panel is easier to oversee. No lender will say 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. Your purchasers are unlikely to have any impact on this.

All was ready to complete my purchase in Lake District next Thursday. My conveyancer now wants me to supply her with proof of content and building insurance for the property as as she informs me that she is duty bound to validate that it is in order for the mortgage company. What risks does the mortgage company expect the insurance 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 UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements. These obligations are not specific to conveyancing in Lake District.

Will lawyers request money up-front for my conveyancing in Lake District?

If you are buying a property in Lake District your solicitor will ask you place them with funds to cover the search fees. This will be the total of the cost of the Local Authority Search. When the down payment is as part of the sale price then this will be asked for immediately ahead of contracts are exchanged. Any further balance that is needed will be payable shortly before completion.

My father has suggested that I use his conveyancing solicitors in Lake District. Should I use them?

Much as we are happy to recommend a Lake District conveyancing lawyer the ideal way to find a conveyancing practitioner is to get referrals from friends or family who have previously instructed the firm you're considering.

Should I stop the direct debit for my mortgage with UBS once a completion date for my sale in Lake District has been set?

You would be well advised to continue meeting any mortgage sums to UBS until the mortgage is redeemed on completion as part of your Lake District conveyancing.

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