Darlington Building Society Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

Lexsure’s COMPLETIONmonitor is web-based pre- and post-completion checklist for property lawyers. Supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and PI insurers. It is a unique risk mitigation tool.

This system is the only way you can demonstrate to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their instructions, with alerts on Darlington Building Society’s changes. While utilising COMPLETIONmonitor is not a condition for acceptance on the Darlington Building Society panel, demonstrating you can stay up to date with Darlington Building Society’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your application to their lender panel and, more importantly, safeguard your firm’s panel status.

COMPLETIONmonitor creates real-time alerts, automatically produces regulatory and CQS reports, and will enhance your firm's efficiency. In addition it is simply to use, cost-effective and, for many firms, leads to a PII saving.

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Banks and building societies often change their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Darlington 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, Darlington Building Society has made 254 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 10.7 days. In total, 59% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Darlington Building Society have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Examples of recent questions relating to the Darlington Building Society Conveyancing Panel from members of the public

I am getting a offer of a mortgage from Darlington Building Society. I hope to instruct a Licensed Conveyancer. Does the Darlington Building Society Solicitor panel allow for conveyancers regulated by the CLC
Darlington Building Society’s approved solicitor list is, like many other lenders represented by the Council or Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
I am buying a newly built flat and my lawyer is advising me that she has to reveal incentives from the seller as her practice is on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel. I am nearing the developer’s deadline to sign contracts and I would rather not delay the conveyancing. is my lawyer taking the correct approach?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the Darlington Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Darlington Building Society). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
I am Googling for online conveyancing estimates. Can I be confident that all the law firms that are listed on your website are on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel?
The law firms listed on our site have advised us that they are on the Darlington Building Society panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the Darlington Building Society panel. To date we have not been informed by either a bank or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel is incorrect.
I was expecting to move into my dream home two days ago. My lawyer’s firm is on the Darlington Building Society solicitors panel but has moved offices in the past couple of months and had not informed Darlington Building Society of their new address. Darlington Building Society has locked down the release of mortgage funds until such time as their systems are up to date with the correct details.
This is as unusual as it is unlucky. Most lender Terms of Conveyancing Panel Appointment specifically oblige the solicitor to inform the lender of an address change. Your solicitor needs to treat this with the utmost urgency. Do speak with or register your concern with the senior partner (assuming he or she is not your direct lawyer). Most lenders would be reasonable in this situation and expedite the resolution of this issue. It may be prudent to enlist the help of your local Darlington Building Society branch or your mortgage broker to see if they can help.
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Darlington Building Society be concerned
As your lender is Darlington Building Society your lawyer must to check the Darlington Building Society conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Darlington Building Society . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Darlington Building Society 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.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with Darlington Building Society. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use 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 Darlington Building Society you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel.
I am selling my house. 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, Darlington Building Society are being difficult. The solicitor who is on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel is saying indemnity insurance will be fine but Darlington Building Society are insisting on a building regulation certificate. Why do Darlington Building Society have a conveyancing panel of they don’t accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Darlington Building Society have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Darlington Building Society 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.