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My financial adviser has informed me that I have to pay Kent Reliance fees if I use my own solicitor. How efficient are the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel solicitors? I dont care which law firm I use provided that they are good and not exorbitantly priced. Are there any Kent Reliance conveyancers you'd recommend?
Kent Reliance’s conveyancing panel is substantial so it would be advisable to check with the firms you are getting quotes from whether they are on it. You can search by postcode on the search tool on this site to find solicitors that Kent Reliance will allow to act for them.
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 Kent Reliance will not agree to this. Why was Kent Reliance even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Kent Reliance of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Kent Reliance then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Kent Reliance.
I have been Googling for online conveyancing estimates. Can I be sure that all the firms that are identified on your website are on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel?
The law firms on our directory have assured us via an online form that they are on the Kent Reliance panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the Kent Reliance panel. To date we have not been informed by either a mortgage company or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel is incorrect.
What happens if my solicitor is suspended from the Kent Reliance Conveyancing panel prior to the moving date as agreed at exchange of contracts?
First, this is very unlikely to happen. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have ti instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by the regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.
When it comes to mortgage companies such as Kent Reliance do lawyers have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
I had instructed online solicitors based in Cardiff who are on the Kent Reliance solicitor panel. They are now charging me a separate fee of £195 for dealing with the Kent Reliance mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee set by Kent Reliance?
Unfortunately, as long as it is in their Terms and Conditions or Quote then yes your solicitors can charge a fee for this. This fee is not set by Kent Reliance but by your lawyers. Some firms on the Kent Reliance will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee but plenty of firms include it on their overall fee.
I am currently in the process of buying my council flat. I have a mortgage offer with Kent Reliance. 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 use 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 Kent Reliance you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel.