Darlington Building Society Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

COMPLETIONmonitor is an online pre- and post-completion checklist for residential conveyancing lawyers. Supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and PI insurers. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk management tool.

This system optimises the way you can demonstrate to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their instructions, with notifications given on Darlington Building Society’s changes. Notwithstanding that using the software is not a condition for being on the Darlington Building Society panel, demonstrating you can remain up to date with Darlington Building Society’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your panel application and, more importantly, safeguard your panel standing.

COMPLETIONmonitor creates real-time alerts, automatically produces regulatory and CQS reports, and will increase your firm's efficiency. It is also simply to use, cost-effective and, for many firms, results in reduced PII premiums.

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Banks and building societies frequently vary 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 Solicitor Panel from members of the public

I have been advised by my broker that I have to pay Darlington Building Society fees if I use my own solicitor. How efficient are the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel solicitors? I'm happy to use any solicitor in the country TBH as long as they're good and not exorbitantly priced. Would you recommend a specific law firm on the Darlington Building Society panel?
Darlington Building Society’s conveyancing panel is substantial so your best bet is just to check with the firms you are getting quotes from whether they are on it. You can search by postcode on the search tool on this site to find solicitors that Darlington Building Society will allow to act for them.
I am buying a brand new apartment and my solicitor is advising me that she is duty bound to reveal incentives from the seller as her practice is on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel. The Estate Agents are hassling me to exchange and I dont want to prolong 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.
Whilst your website is a good idea there are many lawyers listed near London on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the Darlington Building Society approved panel?
We do not recommend specific firms as the right firm for you depends on where your priorities lie. For example you may require a local firm with local knowledge or you might be looking for the low cost conveyancing. Before you appoint your lawyer we advise you to speak to two or three of the firms listed to gain comfort as to which one is right for you..
The firm that just started acting on my house acquisition in Manchester has without warning shut down. They were on acting for me because I had to have a solicitor on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel and my family lawyer was not. I gave them a cheque for £150 in advance. What should be my next steps?
If you have an estate agent involved then let them know immediately so that they advise the vendors that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Hopefully they will be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You will need to appoint new lawyers that are on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors may be able to assist
We were going to get a DIP from Darlington Building Society this week so we know how much we could potentially offer as otherwise we are dependent on web based calculators (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc).Do the Darlington Building Society recommend a solicitor on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel, or is it better to go independently
You will need to appoint solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Darlington Building Society through the process.
My existing mortgage is with Darlington Building Society. My father has just retired and wants to pay off my mortgage. After Darlington Building Society is paid, I want to transfer the property to my mother's name; How long will it roughly take? Do we need two separate solicitors on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel? I do not intend to live at the property once the Darlington Building Society mortgage is discharged.
You will need a solicitor but they need not be on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel. You will need a solicitor to draw up the transfer and to deal with the Land Registry formalities. The only thing you need to consider is that by selling at an undervalue so ask your lawyer about the implications. There could be an inheritance tax issue if you die within 7 years of this. There's no capital gains tax for you as it is your main residence.
I had an offer accepted on a property on the 5th February 2014, valuation was booked 4 days after, all came back fine. Solicitor instructed, so the only thing outstanding was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Darlington Building Society and chasing them on my offer I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel. Are Darlington Building Society entitled to hold back the Mortgage pending the lawyer being on the approved list?
A lender would not issue a mortgage until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Darlington Building Society to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.