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FAQs for the Santander Conveyancing Panel

I need to swap lawyers as my lawyer is not on the Santander panel of conveyancing solicitors. Is it advisable to appoint a new law firm?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
I do hope you can help me. My conveyancer is informing me me that he is legally obliged to conduct a Local Authority search as the firm are on the Santander solicitor panel. Do I not have a choice here?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. Given that you are taking out a loan with Santander 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 Santander’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook requirements last updated Santander. even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out a local authority search.
Do I need to visit the offices of the Santander conveyancing panel solicitor to execute the mortgage deed? If so, I will choose one who does conveyancing in London so that I can pop in to their offices if required.
Most conveyancing panel lawyers for Santander undertake all of the work via the post, internet or over the phone. This means that they can undertake your Conveyancing Transaction no matter where you live in England or Wales. However you should check if you can still book an appointment to go into appointed conveyancing lawyer if you prefer.
We're in Wales, FTBs buying with a mortgage (lender is Santander , but our lawyer is on the Santander conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Santander conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a time-frame for your conveyancing due to third parties outside of our control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain
I had instructed online conveyancers located in Cardiff who are on the Santander solicitor panel. They have just invoiced me a separate fee of £150 for the legal aspects of the Santander mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee set by Santander?
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 Santander but by your lawyers. Some firms on the Santander will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee but plenty of firms include it on their overall fee.
I have today made my last payment due on mortgage with Santander. I assume I don't need a solicitor on the Santander panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Please confirm
If you have finished paying off your Santander 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 Santander mortgage from the register. Santander,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 Santander has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and the Santander has instructed the Land Registry to do so The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your Santander mortgage has been paid off.
I am due to exchange contracts on my apartment. I had a double glazing fitted in month 6 but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's mortgage company, Santander are being pedantic. The solicitor who is on the Santander conveyancing panel is saying indemnity insurance will be fine but Santander are insisting on a building regulation certificate. Why do Santander have a conveyancing panel of they don’t accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Santander have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Santander may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing correctly and safely installed. It merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.