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Hodge Life Solicitor Panel Recently Asked Questions

My financial adviser has says he needs my solicitor’s panel reference for the Hodge Life conveyancing panel. How do I obtain this. I have contacted my local Hodge Life branch but they have not responded to me.
Have you tried speaking to your lawyer about this?. They should have a central record lender panel numbers including the Hodge Life panel reference.
Please assist. For no fault of my lawyer but, the conveyancing for my house purchase has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Hodge Life was date stamped random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on Tues etc. My lawyer informs me that as she is on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel she needs to redo the searches as they are no longer acceptable to the lender.
A precondition to being on the Hodge Life approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Hodge Life)which specifies that a local authority search be not more than 6 months old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Hodge Life.
Whilst your website is a good idea there are many lawyers listed near Chelsea on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the Hodge Life approved panel?
We are not in the business of recommending one firm above another as the right firm for you depends on where your priorities lie. For example you may require a local firm with local knowledge or you might be looking for the low cost conveyancing. Before you appoint your lawyer we advise you to speak to two or three of the firms listed to gain comfort as to which one is right for you..
I am in the process of remortgaging my home does my lawyer have to be on the Hodge Life Solicitor panel?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor but Hodge Life will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is much more potential for delays and confusion with an additional lawyer added to the mix, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
We were going to get a DIP from Hodge Life this week so we can work out what to offer on a property we like as otherwise we only have online calculators to go by (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc).Do the Hodge Life recommend a solicitor on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel, or is it better to find our own lawyer
You will need to appoint solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Hodge Life through the process.
I was told two weeks ago that my mortgage has been agreed to by Hodge Life. Is it usual for Hodge Life to only issue the offer once my solicitor is approved on their conveyancing panel?
A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Hodge Life to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.
After shopping around on the internet I have found a solicitor having checked that they are on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property? Or Having read lots of mortgage guides,I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my solicitor - who is on the Hodge Life conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. Is that normal?
Hodge Life will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Hodge Life will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller. or Your lawyer will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with Hodge Life you could contact your them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors.