My fiance’s mother is a conveyancing practitioner. I hope that I'll be able to get friends and family fee for conveyancing, but if not, what level of fees should I be paying for conveyancing in Machen?
You should contrast pricing. Do use our comparison tool on this page. You will notice that amounts will contrast greatly but service levels do are distinct between solicitors as is true with the vast majority of professional services.
We are purchasing a brand new apartment in Machen and my conveyancer is telling me that she is duty bound to the mortgage company to reveal incentives from the developer. I am on a tight deadline to sign contracts and my preference is not to delay the conveyancing. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have been advised to do so by your solicitor. A precondition to being on a lender panel is to comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook provisions. The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
My lawyer in Machen is not listed on the Barnsley Building Society Approved Panel. Can I still use my family solicitor notwithstanding that they are not on the Barnsley Building Society panel of approved conveyancing solicitors?
The limited options open to you here include:
- Complete the purchase with your existing Machen solicitors but Barnsley Building Society will need to instruct a lawyer on their list of acceptable firms. This will inevitably rack up the total conveyancing fees as well as cause delays.
- Find an alternative practitioner to act in the purchase, remembering to check they are on the Barnsley Building Society panel
A colleague advised me that in purchasing a property in Machen there may be various restrictions as to what one can do in terms of external alterations to a property. Is this right?
There are a number of properties in Machen which have some sort of restriction or requirement of consent to execute external alterations. Part of the conveyancing in Machen should determine what restrictions are applicable and advising you as part of a ROT that should be sent to you.
Can you help - my lawyer says that restrictive coveneant insurance is needed on my purchase. What is the typical level of cover needed for conveyancing in Machen?
The right level of restrictive coveneant indemnity insurance should be dictated by who who your lender is. It would differ for example between Santander and The Royal Bank of Scotland. Conveyancing solicitors as opposed to members of the public take out such insurances.
I am selling my house. I had a double glazing fitted in July 2010, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's lender, Santander are being difficult. The Machen solicitor who is on the Santander conveyancing panel is recommending indemnity insurance as a solution but Santander are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Santander have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Santander have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Santander may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.
I am thinking of appointing a conveyancing solicitor in Machen for my home move. Can I check a solicitor's record with the legal regulator?
Anyone may search for published Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions arising from inquisitions from 2008 onwards. Visit Check a solicitor's record. To find information about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a solicitors record, telephone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. International callers, dial +44 (0)121 329 6800. The SRA sometimes monitor telephone calls for training purposes.