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Q and A’s regarding the Leeds Building Society Conveyancing Panel

On what basis would a firm of solicitors be excluded from the Leeds Building Society approved conveyancing panel?
A survey recently commissioned by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority found that three quarters of solicitor practices had been excluded from a lender panel. The top reasons in order are :
  1. lack 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 Leeds Building Society
I do hope you can help me. My conveyancer is advising me that he is legally obliged to conduct a Local Authority search as the firm are on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel. The searches cost a lot of money. Can this be avoided?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. Given that you are taking out a loan with Leeds Building Society your lawyer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your lawyer would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of Leeds Building Society’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Leeds Building Society. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
I note that you have a search directory identifying law firms on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a referral fee if I appoint them for my house purchase?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
I am trying to get my former partner taken off the mortgage deeds. Can Leeds Building Society really tell me which solicitor I can or can not instruct?
You can use any solicitor you like but Leeds Building Society then has the right to appoint a different solicitor to act for them at your expense. It might be more cost effective and quicker to instruct a lawyer who is on the Leeds Building Society solicitors panel
I have paid off my mortgage with Leeds Building Society. I assume I don't need a solicitor on the Leeds Building Society panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Am I right?
If you have finished paying off your Leeds Building Society mortgage they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Leeds Building Society mortgage from the register. Leeds Building Society,and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage: but are not moving to another property where the Leeds Building Society has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and the Leeds Building Society has instructed the Land Registry to do so The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your Leeds Building Society mortgage has been paid off.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with Leeds 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 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 Leeds Building Society you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel.
My ex -wife’s name is on the Leeds Building Society mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the Leeds Building Society mortgage in order to sell?
In terms of the Leeds Building Society mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of Leeds Building Society in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.