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A lawyer my fiance and I wanted to use for conveyancing on a purchase said she would charge more if my mortgage is with TSB because of their difficult processes! Am I likely to be frustrated using TSB? Is TSB conveyancing so much more difficult?
TSB 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 TSB conveyancing panel. If they are not, this does add further risk of delay as TSB will appoint their own solicitors to look after their interest.
We are due to exchange on the purchase a house but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have agreed compensation from the seller of £3k approx by way of a reduction in the price. This was going to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process but my mortgage company TSB will not agree to this. Why was TSB even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the TSB conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform TSB of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to TSB then they would have to discontinue acting for you and TSB.
I see that you have a search directory listing law firms on the TSB conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a commission if I instruct them for my conveyancing?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the TSB conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
I am considering refinancing my flat does my lawyer need to be on the TSB Conveyancing panel?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor but TSB will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is greater potential for delays and confusion with two solicitors involved, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
My husband and I are at the point of looking at houses and now considering a potential offer. Should I already have a conveyancer appointed at this stage? I will be getting a mortgage with TSB
It would be sensible to have your start your search soon rather than later. After you have chosen your lawyer and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on the the estate agent. As you are getting a mortgage with TSB , ask your prospective lawyers check they are on the TSB conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with TSB. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have 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 TSB you will need to appoint a solicitor on the TSB conveyancing panel.
The mortgage over my property is with TSB. Conveyancing was finalised a year ago. Should I wish to rent out the flat and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a buy-to-let mortgage or inform TSB?
TSB must be informed of your intention in advance of renting your property as this is likely to be a breach of TSB’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 TSB directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a TSB conveyancing panel lawyer.