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My husband and I are first time buyers. Within the last couple of days our solicitor has forwarded the sale agreement to sign with a detailed report with a view to exchanging next week. Chelsea Building Society have this evening contacted us to inform me that they have now hit a problem as our conveyancer is not on their conveyancing panel. Is this a problem?
When purchasing a property with the benefit of a mortgage it is usual for the purchaser's solicitors to also act for the purchaser's lender.
In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.
Your solicitors should contact Chelsea Building Society and see if they can apply for membership of the Chelsea Building Society conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable Chelsea Building Society will instruct their own solicitors to act. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on the Chelsea Building Society conveyancing panel as you are at liberty to use your preferred lawyers, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it may delay matters as you have another set of people involved.
Can you clarify something for me?. For no fault of my lawyer but, my purchase conveyancing has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Chelsea Building Society was issued random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on Tues etc. My solicitor says that as she is on the Chelsea Building Society conveyancing panel she needs to redo the searches as they are now out of date.
One of the many conditions to being on the Chelsea Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Chelsea Building Society)which states that a local authority search be not more than half a year old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Chelsea Building Society.
Having used your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Chelsea Building Society conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Chelsea Building Society approved panel. How can I be sure given that they are not listed on your directory?
Not all firms are yet listed on our lender panel search tool which is still relatively new. Law firms are listing on a daily basis and it is probably the case that your lawyer is on the Chelsea Building Society conveyancing lawyer and you should probably take them at their word. Please do feel free to suggest that they completing their listing on our site as it would only cost them £1 a month to list themselves as being on the Chelsea Building Society solicitor panel.
The solicitors that I appointed last week on my purchase in Brighton has without warning shut down. I chose them because I had to have a solicitor on the Chelsea Building Society conveyancing panel and my preferred lawyer was not. I gave my credit card details for them to take £175 for searches. What are my options?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then let them know straight away so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to the problems encountered. Hopefully they will be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You will need to appoint new lawyers that are on the Chelsea Building Society conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors may be able to help
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 Chelsea Building Society conveyancing panel requirements are different to Chelsea Building Society’s conveyancing panel criteria.
Last month we had a mortgage agreed in principle with Chelsea Building Society. Solicitors have been chosen? How long does it take for Chelsea Building Society to send the offer to our conveyancer
There is no definitive answer here. Have Chelsea Building Society conducted the survey? Have you advised Chelsea Building Society as your lawyers details and checked that your lawyer is on the Chelsea Building Society conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through
The mortgage over my property is with Chelsea Building Society. Conveyancing was finalised 12 months ago. Should I wish 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 Chelsea Building Society?
Your original mortgage agreement with Chelsea Building Society will provide that you need their approval in advance of letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Chelsea Building Society’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will permit you to let 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 Chelsea Building Society directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a Chelsea Building Society conveyancing panel firm.
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