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Platform Home Loans Solicitor Panel Recently Asked Questions

Is the fact that my conveyancer is not identified on the Platform Home Loans Solicitor panel that there is a problem with the quality of his conveyancing?
It would not be wise to jump to that conclusion. There are all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator indicated 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The top 3 reasons are as follows: (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. If you are concerned you should simply call the firm and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for Platform Home Loans.
My husband and I changing mortgage lender for our penthouse with Platform Home Loans. We have a son approaching twenty who lives with us. The solicitor on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel has asked us to disclose any adults other than ourselves who reside at the property. The solicitor has now sent a form for our son to sign, giving up any rights in the event that the apartment is forfeited by the lender. I have two questions (1) Is this document specific to the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel as he did not need to sign this form when we bought 4 years ago (2) Does our son by signing this giving up his rights to inherit the property?
On the face of it your lawyer has done nothing wrong as it is established procedure for any occupier who is aged 17 or over to sign the necessary Consent Form, which is purely to state that any rights he has in the property are postponed and secondary to Platform Home Loans .This is solely used to protect the Platform Home Loans if the property were re-possessed so that in such circumstances, your son would be legally obliged to leave.

It does not impact your son’s right to inherit the apartment. Please note that if your son were to inherit and the mortgage in favour of Platform Home Loans had not been discharged, he would be liable to take over the loan or pay it off, but other than that, there is nothing stopping him from keeping the property in accordance with your will or the rules of intestacy.

Whilst your website is a good idea there are many lawyers listed near Manchester on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel. It would be a lot more helpful if you could recommend a specific firm on the Platform Home Loans 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. We recommend that you speak to 3 or 4 lawyers listed before you make your choice..
I would like to get my ex-husband removed the mortgage deeds. Can Platform Home Loans really tell me which solicitor I can or can not instruct?
You can use any solicitor you like but Platform Home Loans 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 Platform Home Loans solicitors panel
Do the majority of lenders 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 Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel requirements are different to Platform Home Loans’s conveyancing panel criteria.
Hi, thinking about buying a house off my mate. Assuming we can agree a figure, what’s the best way to move forward? I plan to obtain a mortgage with Platform Home Loans. Is it possible to avoid using solicitors to save on the costs? My father said that years ago it was possible to take the documents into the local Land Registry office and they did the rest
If you are getting a mortgage with Platform Home Loans involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel. We would not encourage you to both use the same solicitors' firm. There are clear conflict of interest issues and it's not going to make a huge difference to the speed of the overall process. So as not to hold things us you should pass on your solicitors details to Platform Home Loans. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel.
We expect to receive a DIP from Platform Home Loans this week so we know how much we could potentially offer as otherwise we only have online calculators to go by (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc).Do the Platform Home Loans recommend a solicitor on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel, or is it better to go independently
You will need to appoint solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Platform Home Loans through the process.