Hodge Equity Release Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

Lexsure’s COMPLETIONmonitor is an online pre- and post-completion checklist for residential conveyancing lawyers. Supported by the CML and professional indemnity insures. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk management tool.

This system assists the way you can demonstrate to lender panels that you are, and can remain fully compliant with their requirements, with automatic updates on Hodge Equity Release’s changes. Notwithstanding that using COMPLETIONmonitor is not a condition for being on the Hodge Equity Release panel, demonstrating you can remain up to date with Hodge Equity Release’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your application to their lender panel and, more importantly, protect your panel status.

The software generates real-time alerts, automatically produces SRA and CQS reports, and will improve your firm's efficiency. In addition it is simply to use, cost-effective and, for many firms, results in a PII saving.

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Lenders often change their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Hodge Equity Release are not guidelines, they are instructions from a client. As with many clients, instructions can change - and they do change, over time:

A Timeline of Policy Changes


Since 2008, Hodge Equity Release has made 68 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 40.1 days. In total, 0% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Hodge Equity Release have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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FAQs for the Hodge Equity Release Conveyancing Panel from members of the public

My financial adviser has has requested my solicitor’s panel reference for the Hodge Equity Release conveyancing panel. Can you suggest how I discover this. I have tried my local Hodge Equity Release branch but they have not got back to me yet.
You are best placed to get this information from your conveyancing lawyer. They should have a central record lender panel numbers including the Hodge Equity Release panel reference.
Can you help?. My lawyer is not to blame but, my purchase conveyancing has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Hodge Equity Release was dated random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on 10 days inc Day of week eg. Mon. My solicitor says that as she is on the Hodge Equity Release conveyancing panel she needs to reorder the searches as they are no longer valid.
One of the many conditions to being on the Hodge Equity Release approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook Part 2 obligations (last updated for this lender on Hodge Equity Release)which specifies that a local authority search be not more than 6 months old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Hodge Equity Release.
I need to find a Hodge Equity Release panel solicitor in Belfast. Can you assist?
It is not clear why you need a Hodge Equity Release panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Hodge Equity Release to find out which solicitors in Hodge Equity Release are on their panel. If you do find such a firm not listed please direct them to our site to list. At a fee of one pound per month it is not expensive to register on the site
Can you clarify what the consequences are if my lawyer’s firm is removed from the Hodge Equity Release Solicitor panel in advance of the moving date as agreed at exchange of contracts?
The first thing to point out is that, this is very unlikely to happen. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have ti instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by the regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.
We are getting a further advance on our mortgage from Hodge Equity Release as we wish to carry out alterations or improvements our home. Do we need to appoint a solicitor on the Hodge Equity Release conveyancing panel to deal with the legals?
Hodge Equity Release would not normally instruct a member of their conveyancing panel to deal with such a matter. If they did require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Hodge Equity Release panel
We expect to receive a DIP from Hodge Equity Release 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 Hodge Equity Release recommend a solicitor on the Hodge Equity Release 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 Hodge Equity Release conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and the Hodge Equity Release through the process.
My ex -wife’s name is on the Hodge Equity Release 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 Hodge Equity Release mortgage in order to sell?
As regards the Hodge Equity Release 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 Hodge Equity Release 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.