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Harpenden Building Society Solicitor Panel Recently Asked Questions

On what basis would a firm of solicitors be excluded from the Harpenden Building Society solicitor panel?
According to a recent survey report by the solicitors regulator three quarters of law firms had been excluded from a lender panel. The top reasons in order are :
  1. Low volume 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 Harpenden Building Society
I am due to complete my purchase next Friday. I have now been asked to send a copy of my building insurance schedule by my solicitor as he says that he has to check this in has capacity as lawyer for Harpenden Building Society. What does the insurance need to cover?
All property lawyers on the Harpenden Building Society 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 Harpenden Building Society’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on Harpenden Building Society). Being on the Harpenden Building Society conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these instructions.
I am planning to acquire a flat and need a conveyancing solicitor in who is on the Harpenden Building Society solicitor. Can you recommend a local solicitor?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Harpenden Building Society . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
I am purchasing a garden flat and getting a mortgage with Harpenden Building Society. Conveyancing solicitors are said to be ‘a necessary evil’ but can I do it myself?
Leaving aside the complexities and merits of DIY conveyancing you will have to appoint a solicitor on the Harpenden Building Society conveyancing panel to look after their interests. Most people therefore find it easier to let the solicitor act for them and the lender. Furthermore there is minimal cost savings to made in you doing to conveyancing for yourself and another lawyer conducting the conveyancing for the lender. Please feel free to use the search tool to find a lawyer on the Harpenden Building Society conveyancing panel in your location.
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 Harpenden Building Society conveyancing panel requirements are different to Harpenden Building Society’s conveyancing panel criteria.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property off the council. I have a mortgage offer with Harpenden Building Society. Conveyancing is new to me. 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 Harpenden Building Society you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Harpenden Building Society conveyancing panel.
I am selling my apartment. I had a double glazing fitted in month 6 but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's lender, Harpenden Building Society are being a right pain. The solicitor who is on the Harpenden Building Society conveyancing panel is happy to accept ‘lack of building regulation’ insurance but Harpenden Building Society are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Harpenden Building Society have a conveyancing panel of they don’t accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Harpenden Building Society have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Harpenden Building Society 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.