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Q and A’s regarding the Bluestone Mortgages Conveyancing Panel

My IFA has has requested my solicitor’s panel reference for the Bluestone Mortgages conveyancing panel. What is the best way to find this out. I have tried my local Bluestone Mortgages branch but they have not responded to me.
the sensible thing to do is ask for this information from your solicitor. A law firm is likely to keep a file or database of lender panel information which would include, if applicable their conveyancing panel details for Bluestone Mortgages.
Expecting to move into my new home next Tuesday. My conveyancing lawyer has asked me to provide him with a copy of the building insurance for the house as he says that he has to check this in has capacity as lawyer for Bluestone Mortgages. What does the insurance need to cover?
All property lawyers on the Bluestone Mortgages conveyancing panel 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 Bluestone Mortgages’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on Bluestone Mortgages). Being on the Bluestone Mortgages conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these instructions.
Do all the licensed conveyancers and solicitor practices listed on your directory have online case tracking as I was under the impression that this was a precondition of being on the Bluestone Mortgages conveyancing panel?
No. There is no CML Part 2 or Building Society Association requirement relating to online case tracking. Some law firms operate such technology and some don't.
I am selling my house. Does my solicitor have to be on the Bluestone Mortgages conveyancing panel in order to deal with paying off my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Bluestone Mortgages conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. it might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their requirements fairly frequently at the moment.
Do the majority of banks operate their own panel of solicitors?
Many lenders do operate a restricted conveyancing panel but a lot of lenders allow any solicitors to join their panel so long as they meet their criteria. Each lender sets their own criteria. For example the Bluestone Mortgages conveyancing panel requirements are different to Bluestone Mortgages’s conveyancing panel requirements.
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Bluestone Mortgages be concerned
Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with Bluestone Mortgages your lawyer must to check the Bluestone Mortgages conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Bluestone Mortgages . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Bluestone Mortgages where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. Requirements for Scotland are due in the near future.
I am currently in the process of buying my council flat. I have a mortgage offer with Bluestone Mortgages. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have 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 Bluestone Mortgages you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Bluestone Mortgages conveyancing panel.