Coventry Building Society Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

COMPLETIONmonitor is web-based pre- and post-completion checklist for property lawyers. Supported by the CML and professional indemnity insures. It is a unique risk mitigation tool.

This software facilitates the way you can demonstrate to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their instructions, with alerts on Coventry Building Society’s changes. While utilising the software is not a prerequisite for Coventry Building Society , demonstrating you can remain up to date with Coventry Building Society’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your application to their lender panel and, more importantly, protect your panel status.

The software creates real-time alerts, automatically produces SRA and CQS reports, and will increase your firm's efficiency. It is also simply to use, cost-effective and, for some firms, leads to reduced PII premiums.

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Banks and building societies frequently vary their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Coventry Building Society are not guidelines, they are instructions from a client. As with many clients, instructions can change - and they do change, frequently:

A Timeline of Policy Changes


Since 2008, Coventry Building Society has made 269 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 10.1 days. In total, 50% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Coventry Building Society have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Recent Changes Include

# Date Assoc. Changes Related To
17.1.1 10/04/2019 CML
17.2.1a 10/04/2019 CML
6.5.1 07/03/2019 CML
6.6.1 07/03/2019 CML
5.1.1 26/02/2019 CML
6.7.1 18/05/2018 CML
6.7.1 16/05/2018 CML
6.7.1 23/03/2018 CML
5.20.3 05/07/2017 CML
6.7.1 25/05/2017 CML

Last update 14/09/2019

Coventry Building Society Solicitor Panel Sample Enquires to our Call Center from members of the public

I was advised recently by my mortgage adviser that my lawyer is not on the Coventry Building Society Conveyancing panel. What can I do to be certain that this is indeed the case?
The first thing you need to do is to contact your conveyancer. You lawyer should advise you of the situation. If they are not on the panel they could put your in touch with solicitors on the conveyancing panel for Coventry Building Society.
My property lawyer has requested from me ID documents stating that this is part of his requirements as a solicitor on the Coventry Building Society Conveyancing panel. Am I being spun a yarn?
Due to Money Laundering Regulations your conveyancing lawyer is duty bound to confirm positively your identification when entering into a business relationship with you. It is a criminal offense if your lawyer not do this. If you do not provide ID early in the transaction the solicitor must refuse to act for you. It’s unlikely a lawyer will turn you away if you come to the first meeting without relevant ID but you will have to produce it at some point so you might as well bring it with you to the initial meeting so the lawyer can tick the ID verification box and start sorting out the conveyancing straight away. If you are getting a mortgage with Coventry Building Society your lawyer also has to check ID documents to satisfy Coventry Building Society
Is it necessary during the course of the conveyancing process to visit the offices of the Coventry Building Society conveyancing panel solicitor to sign the legal charge? If so, I will appoint a lawyer who conducts conveyancing in Bristol so that I can pop in to their offices if necessary.
Most conveyancing panel lawyers for Coventry Building Society 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.
My conveyancers in Birmingham have advised me that they can not locate my conveyancing file. To assist with my purchase I took out a mortgage with Coventry Building Society. Is it case that being on the Coventry Building Society conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a number of years?
Different lenders have different requirements but many of the Terms and Conditions of Conveyancing Panel Appointment require the file to be held for a period of 6 years. That being said we have not seen a copy of the Coventry Building Society Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Coventry Building Society directly.
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Coventry Building Society conveyancing panel?
It is true that some lenders now use CQS as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. CQS accreditation however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to join their panels.
My ex -wife’s name is on the Coventry Building Society mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the Coventry Building Society mortgage in order to sell?
In terms of the Coventry Building Society mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of Coventry Building Society in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.
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 in the pipeline. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What do I do now? When should I get the mortgage app going with Coventry Building Society?
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 Coventry Building Society 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 Coventry Building Society and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.