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Nationwide BS Solicitor Panel Recently Asked Questions

A conveyancer my fiance and I wanted to use for conveyancing on a remortgage said he will levy higher legal fees if my lender is because of their unusual legal requirements. Am I likely to be frustrated using Nationwide Building Society? Is Nationwide BS conveyancing so much more difficult?
Nationwide Building Society conveyancing requirements for their panel are no better or no more complicated than most lenders. It is the case now the CML Handbook, the "bible" used by solicitors to establish lender requirements, is different for each lender. It is not clear if your lawyer is on the Nationwide BS conveyancing panel. If they are not, this does add further risk of delay as Nationwide Building Society will appoint their own solicitors to look after their interest.
I am due to move into my new home next Thursday. 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 Nationwide BS. What risks do Nationwide Building Society expect the insurance to cover?
All property lawyers on the Nationwide BS 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 Nationwide Building Society’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on Nationwide BS). Being on the Nationwide Building Society conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these instructions.
Is it necessary during the course of the conveyancing process to pop into the offices of the Nationwide BS conveyancing panel solicitor to sign the legal charge? If so, I will appoint a lawyer who conducts conveyancing in Liverpool so that I can attend their offices when needed.
As opposed to 15 years ago, most lenders no longer require their conveyancing panel solicitor to witness the borrowers signature. You will still be obliged to provide ID Documents and there are still distinct advantages to using a local solicitor, in your case a conveyancing solicitor in Liverpool .
I was due to complete on my first house two days ago. My solicitor is on the Nationwide BS conveyancing panel but has moved offices in the past couple of months and had not informed Nationwide Building Society of their new address. Nationwide BS has locked down the release of mortgage funds as the information from the solicitors isn't correct.
This is as unusual as it is unlucky. 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 Nationwide Building Society branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can help.
Is it the case that all conveyancing lawyers on the Nationwide BS conveyancing panel work on a no move no charge basis?
There is generally no requirements by lenders for their firms to operate on a no-sale-no-fee basis. There a small number of lenders who operate a very restricted conveyancing panel managed by a third party company (often termed in the industry as a ‘gatekeeper’). That third party may impose certain conditions such as non-sale-no fee on the panel firms. If you require this as a condition of your conveyancing then you should check with the conveyancing firm that this is part of their service
After shopping around on the internet I have found a solicitor having made sure that they are on the Nationwide Building Society conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property? Or Having read lots of house buying,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 Nationwide BS conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. Is that normal?
Nationwide Building Society will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Nationwide BS 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 Nationwide Building Society you could contact your them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors.
My offer on house has been accepted, but there is a chain. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties booked. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What do I do now? When should I get the mortgage app going with Nationwide BS?
It is usual to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket too early (mortgage application is approx £1k, then survey/valuation, conveyancing search costs, etc). First you should check that your solicitor is on the Nationwide Building Society conveyancing panel. As to the next stages this very much depends on the circumstances of your case, desire for this property and on the state of the market. In a hot mortgage some buyers would pally for the mortgage with Nationwide BS and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.