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Examples of recent questions relating to the Atom Bank Solicitor Panel
I instructed a law firm to work on my purchase six weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Atom Bank. The law firm reassured me that they are on Atom Bank conveyancing panel and advised me their panel reference. Atom Bank then told me that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What happens next? Do I instruct a different law firm currently on the approved panel for Atom Bank?
The answer depends on whether you still have confidence in the said solicitors and how long it will take for the firm to be reinstated on the Atom Bank conveyancing panel You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the Atom Bank as to how long they think it will take to get the firm to get back on the panel.
We are approaching an exchange and my parents having transferred the 10% deposit to my lawyer. I am now advised that as the deposit has not come from me my lawyer needs to make a notification to my lender Atom Bank. Apparently, being on the Atom Bank conveyancing panel and acting on their behalf he must inform Atom Bank if the balance of the mortgage advance is not just from me. I advised the bank about my parent’s contribution when I applied for the mortgage so is it really necessary for him to raise this?
Your lawyer is obliged to check with Atom Bank to make sure that they are aware that the balance of the purchase price is not from your own funds. Your solicitor can only report this to Atom Bank if you agree, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.
How do I find a local solicitor on the Atom Bank conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 25 kilometers to meet the lawyer.
You can use the find a conveyancing panel search on this page. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of lawyer located nearest you. Alternatively you can type in the name of your proposed law firm and see if they are listed as being on the Atom Bank solicitor panel.
I was scheduled to move into my first house last Thursday. My solicitor is on the Atom Bank solicitors panel but has changed address 8 weeks ago and had not advised Atom Bank of their new address. Atom Bank has locked down the release of mortgage funds until such time as their systems are up to date with the correct details.
This is as unusual as it is unlucky. Most lender Terms of Conveyancing Panel Appointment specifically oblige the solicitor to inform the lender of an address change. Your solicitor needs to treat this with the utmost urgency. Do speak with or register your concern with the senior partner (assuming he or she is not your direct lawyer). Most lenders would be reasonable in this situation and expedite the resolution of this issue. It may be prudent to enlist the help of your local Atom Bank branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can assist.
The mortgage over my property is with Atom Bank. Conveyancing was finalised months ago. If I am intending to rent out my property and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a buy-to-let mortgage or inform Atom Bank?
You must advise Atom Bank in advance of letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Atom Bank’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will allow you to rent out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Atom Bank directly. You need not do this via a Atom Bank conveyancing panel solicitor.
Planning on purchasing a flat with a mortgage with Atom Bank. I have received an online quote from a licensed conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Lender if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the Atom Bank conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.
They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that they are on the Atom Bank conveyancing panel
My ex -wife’s name is on the Atom Bank mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the Atom Bank mortgage in order to sell?
As regards the Atom Bank mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of Atom Bank in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.