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I was advised recently by my estate agent that my lawyer is not on the Co operative Bank Solicitor panel. How can I be sure that this is correct?
The best course of action for you to take is to contact your conveyancer. It is reasonable to expect your lawyer to advise you of the situation. If they are not on the panel they may recommend you to a firm that is on the the approved Co operative Bank solicitor panel.
We are due to exchange on the purchase a house but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have agreed compensation from the seller of £3k approx by way of a reduction in the price. This was going to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process but my mortgage company Co operative Bank will not agree to this. Why was Co operative Bank even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Co operative Bank of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Co operative Bank then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Co operative Bank.
Do lenders provide you with an approved list of solicitors? How do you know who is on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel?
The firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from Co operative Bank directly.
I was scheduled to move into my dream home last Thursday. My lawyer’s firm is on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel but has changed address 8 weeks ago and had not informed Co operative Bank of their new address. Co operative 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 a rare situation indeed. The majority of 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 Co operative Bank branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can help.
Two weeks ago we had a mortgage agreed in principle with Co operative Bank. Solicitors have been chosen? What is the average time that one could expect to receive a mortgage offer from Co operative Bank?
Some lenders take longer than others. Have Co operative Bank conducted the survey? Have you advised Co operative Bank as your lawyers details and checked that your lawyer is on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel? sometimes it can take as long as six weeks for a mortgage offer to be issued
I am currently in the process of buying my council flat. I have a mortgage offer with Co operative Bank. 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 Co operative Bank you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Co operative Bank conveyancing panel.
The for formalities of my remortgage has taken place with a mortgage from Co operative Bank. Conveyancing was of an acceptable standard but I would like to complain about Co operative Bank. Who do I contact should I wish to lodge a complaint?
All lenders have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the Co operative Bank branches or the Customer Services Department at Co operative Bank head office. Ordinarily complaints to Co operative Bank are resolved effectively and efficiently. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is resolved you can write to the Financial Ombudsman Service with full details of your complaint.