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Santander Conveyancing Panel Recently Asked Questions
I am expecting a mortgage offer from Santander. I would like to instruct a Licensed Conveyancer. Does the Santander Conveyancing panel include conveyancers regulated by the CLC
Santander’s conveyancing panel is, like many other lenders associated to the CML or Building Society Association, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the CLC.
can you help? My solicitor is assuring me that he is legally obliged to conduct a Local Authority search stemming from the fact that the firm are on the Santander solicitor 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 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.
How do I find a local solicitor on the Santander conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 20 kilometers to meet the solicitor.
You can use the find a conveyancing panel tool on this page. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of lawyer located nearest you. Alternatively you can type in the name of your proposed law firm and see if they are listed as being on the Santander solicitor panel.
I am selling my house. Does my solicitor have to be on the Santander conveyancing panel in order to deal with redeeming my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Santander conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. it might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their requirements fairly frequently at the moment.
The mortgage over my property is with Santander. Conveyancing was finalised a year ago. Should I wish to rent out my property and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a BTL mortgage or inform Santander?
Santander must be informed of your intention prior to letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Santander’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will permit you to let out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Santander directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a Santander conveyancing panel lawyer.
Completion of my remortgage has taken place with a loan from Santander. Conveyancing was of an acceptable standard but I feel I should register my dissatisfaction about Santander. How does one go about formally complaining?
Almost all banks and building societies have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the Santander branches or the Customer Services Team at Santander head office. In most cases complaints to Santander are sorted out very quickly. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is resolved you can write to the Financial Ombudsman Service at South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR with full details of your complaint.
Planning on purchasing a house with a mortgage with Santander. I have received an online quote from a licensed conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Building Society if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the Santander conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.
They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that they are on the Santander conveyancing panel