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Frequently asked questions relating to the Accord Buy to Let Conveyancing Panel

For what reasons could a law firm be excluded from the Accord Buy to Let solicitor panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of solicitor practices had been removed from a lender panel. The top reasons in order are :
  1. lack of transactions
  2. the lawyer is a sole practitioner
  3. as part of the HSBC panel reduction
  4. regulatory contact by SRA
  5. accidental removal. We are not aware of the specific or common criteria for removal by Accord Buy to Let
Our conveyancer has requested from me personal identification documents stating that this forms part of his retainer as a conveyancer on the Accord Buy to Let Conveyancing panel. Can you confirm whether this is the case?
Anti-terror and anti-money-laundering rules require solicitors and licensed conveyancers to verify the identity of the person or body they are dealing with before they can accept their conveyancing business. The Terms and Conditions that you need to sign will no doubt confirm this. Your lawyer is right that Accord Buy to Let also require certain documents to be viewed. If a you refuse to provide ID verification documents, your conveyancer would not be able to accept instructions from you. Your lawyer also has obligations to obtain certain documents in accordance with Accord Buy to Let CML Handbook requirements last updated on Accord Buy to Let
Do all the licensed conveyancers and solicitor practices listed on your search have online case tracking as I understood that this was a condition of being on the Accord Buy to Let solicitor panel?
The Council of Mortgage Lenders or BSA do not require online case tracking. Some law firms operate such technology and some don't.
We're in Liverpool, First time buyers purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Accord Buy to Let , but our lawyer is on the Accord Buy to Let conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Accord Buy to Let conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a time-frame for your conveyancing due to third parties outside of our control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain
I have today made my last payment due on mortgage with Accord Buy to Let. I assume I don't need a solicitor on the Accord Buy to Let panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Please confirm
If you have finished paying off your Accord Buy to Let mortgage they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Accord Buy to Let mortgage from the register. Accord Buy to Let,and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage: but are not moving to another property where the Accord Buy to Let has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and the Accord Buy to Let has instructed the Land Registry to do so The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your Accord Buy to Let mortgage has been paid off.
I am currently in the process of buying my council flat. I have a mortgage agreed with Accord Buy to Let. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use one. Any advice?
It is not advisable proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event if you are getting a mortgage with Accord Buy to Let you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Accord Buy to Let conveyancing panel.
I am due to exchange contracts on my house. I had a double glazing fitted in month 2010 but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's lender, Accord Buy to Let are being pedantic. The solicitor who is on the Accord Buy to Let conveyancing panel is recommending indemnity insurance as a solution but Accord Buy to Let are insisting on a building regulation certificate. Why do Accord Buy to Let have a conveyancing panel of they don’t accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Accord Buy to Let have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Accord Buy to Let may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing correctly and safely installed. It merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.