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TSB Conveyancing Panel Recently Asked Questions

My property lawyer is not on the TSB Approved Panel. Can I still continue with my family solicitor even though they are excluded from the TSB list of approved lawyers?
You will need to have a conveyancer complete the legal work required when you take out a TSB mortgage to buy your property. They’ll carry out all the necessary legal checks on the property, make sure that you’re properly registered as the owner and ensure that all the necessary mortgage documentation is in place. You can instruct a conveyancing firm of your choice. However, if the firm selected is not a member of the TSB conveyancing panel additional costs will be incurred as separate legal representation will be required by TSB. Conveyancing panel applications can be submitted, so if your conveyancer has not previously applied for membership they can do so.
Our conveyancer has identified a problem with the lease for the flat we are buying. The other side have offered defective title insurance as a solution. We are content with insurance and will pay for it. Our solicitor has advised that as he is on the TSB conveyancing panel he must ensure that the lender is happy with this solution. Are we the client or is TSB?
Just because you have a mortgage offer from TSB does not mean to say that the property will be meet their requirements for the purposes of a mortgage. Your lawyer has to ensure that the lease has to comply with the CML Handbook Requirements. You and TSB are the client. The appropriate lender requirements have to be complied with by the TSB conveyancing panel who has to balance acting for you and TSB
Are the lawyers identified as being on the TSB conveyancing panel, together with their details provided by TSB?
The firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the TSB conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from TSB directly.
I am purchasing a terraced house and getting a mortgage with TSB. Conveyancing solicitors are said to be ‘a necessary evil’ but can I do it myself?
Leaving aside the complexities and merits of DIY conveyancing you will have to appoint a solicitor on the TSB conveyancing panel to look after their interests. Most people therefore find it easier to let the solicitor act for them and the lender. Furthermore there is minimal cost savings to made in you doing to conveyancing for yourself and another lawyer conducting the conveyancing for the lender. Please feel free to use the search tool to find a lawyer on the TSB conveyancing panel in your location.
When it comes to lenders such as TSB do solicitors have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
I am buying a property where the roof has a solar panel. TSB have issued a mortgage offer so presumably this is not a concern to them. Why is my solicitor raising questions about the panel?
Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with TSB your lawyer must to check the TSB conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for TSB . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to TSB where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. The CML are developing guidance for Northern Ireland and Scotland.
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 TSB?
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 TSB 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 TSB and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.