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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Poole

All was ready to complete my purchase in Poole next Monday. My solicitor now wants me to supply her with proof of content and building insurance for the property as he says that he has to check this in his capacity as lawyer for the bank. What risks does the lender expect the insurance to cover?

Any lawyer on acting for banks 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 requirements are not limited to conveyancing in Poole.

Do banks and building societies provide you with an approved list of Poole conveyancing solicitors? How do you know who is on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel?

Poole conveyancing firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from Kent Reliance directly.

Do I have to pop into the offices of the solicitor to sign the mortgage deed? If so, I will appoint a lawyer who conducts conveyancing in Poole so that I can pop in to their offices if required.

These days approved lawyers for lenders conduct their communications via Royal Mail, e-mail or over the phone. This enables them to carry out the conveyancing transaction regardless of where you live in England or Wales. That being said you can check if you have the option of attending the offices of your conveyancing lawyer if just in case this is required.

A friend pointed out to me me that in purchasing a property in Poole there may be various restrictions preventing external alterations to a property. Is this right?

There are anumerous of properties in Poole which have some sort of restriction or requirement of consent to execute external alterations. Part of the conveyancing in Poole should determine what restrictions are applicable and advising you as part of a ROT that should be sent to you.

Is it correct that all Poole CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors are on the Lloyds conveyancing panel?

Some major banks and building societies now use CQS as the kick off point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for solicitors wishing to join their panels.

I've read lots of mortgage guides, I note that it is considered advisable to get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my local Poole solicitor - who is on the TSB conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?

TSB will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually TSB will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. Your solicitor will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by your Poole postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with TSB, you could contact them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors in Poole.

Should our solicitor be raising questions about flooding during the conveyancing in Poole.

Flooding is a growing risk for conveyancers dealing with homes in Poole. There are those who acquire a property in Poole, fully expectant that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, leaving to one side the physical destruction, where a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, adequate building insurance, or dispose of the property. Steps can be carried out as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the purchaser.

Solicitors are not qualified to give advice on flood risk, however there are a number of checks that may be carried out by the purchaser or on a buyer’s behalf which will give them a better appreciation of the risks in Poole. The standard property information forms supplied to a buyer’s solicitor (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) contains a standard inquiry of the seller to find out if the property has suffered from flooding. In the event that the residence has been flooded in past and is not disclosed by the seller, then a buyer could bring a legal claim for losses resulting from an inaccurate reply. A buyer’s conveyancers will also order an environmental report. This will disclose if there is a recorded flood risk. If so, further inquiries will need to be carried out.

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