Platform Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

COMPLETIONmonitor is an online pre- and post-completion checklist for property lawyers. Supported by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and professional indemnity insures. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk mitigation tool.

This system is the only way you can prove to lender panels that you are, and can stay fully compliant with their requirements, with notifications given on Platform’s changes. Notwithstanding that utilising the software is not a condition for acceptance on the Platform panel, demonstrating you can stay up to date with Platform’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your application to their lender panel and, more importantly, protect your firm’s panel standing.

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

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Lenders frequently change their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Platform 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, Platform has made 170 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 16.1 days. In total, 33% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Platform have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Common questions asked concerning the Platform Home Loans Solicitor Panel from members of the public

I appointed a law firm to work on my house purchase 5 weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with Platform Home Loans. The law firm assured me that they are on Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel and gave me their panel number. Platform Home Loans then called me to say that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What happens next? Should I appoint a new solicitor listed on the conveyancing panel for Platform Home Loans?
You may be very frustrated with the lawyer but if it only go take a few more days they it may be worth waiting as, depending on how far progressed you are you may end up delaying the transaction by a number of weeks if you need to replace your solicitor You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the Platform Home Loans as to the time frame to get your lawyer reinstated on the panel once again.
My wife and I changing mortgage lender for our penthouse with Platform Home Loans. We have a son approaching twenty who lives with us. The solicitor on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel has asked us to disclose anyone over the age of 17 other than ourselves who reside at the property. Our lawyer has now e-mailed a document for our son to sign, giving up any rights in the event that the apartment is repossessed. I have a couple of concerns (1) Is this form unique to the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel as he never had to sign this form when we purchased 5 years ago (2) Does our son by signing this giving up his rights to inherit the property?
First, rest assured that your Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel solicitor is doing the right thing as it is established procedure for any occupier who is aged 17 or over to sign the necessary Consent Form, which is purely to state that any rights he has in the property are postponed and secondary to Platform Home Loans .This is solely used to protect the Platform Home Loans if the property were re-possessed so that in such circumstances, your son would be legally obliged to leave.

It does not impact your son’s right to inherit the apartment. Please note that if your son were to inherit and the mortgage in favour of Platform Home Loans had not been discharged, he would be liable to take over the loan or pay it off, but other than that, there is nothing stopping him from keeping the property in accordance with your will or the rules of intestacy.

I need to find a Platform Home Loans panel solicitor in Belfast. Can you assist?
It is not clear why you need a Platform Home Loans panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to Platform Home Loans to find out which solicitors in Platform Home Loans 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
We're in Birmingham, First time buyers purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Platform Home Loans , but our solicitor is on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a time-frame for your conveyancing due to third parties outside of our control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain
Are all Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Platform Home Loans conveyancing panel?
It is true that some banks and building societies now use CQS as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. CQS membership however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their panels.
I am buying a property where the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Platform Home Loans be concerned
As your lender is Platform Home Loans your lawyer must to check the Platform Home Loans conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for Platform Home Loans . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to Platform Home Loans where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. Requirements for Scotland are due in the near future.
My ex -wife’s name is on the Platform Home Loans 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 Platform Home Loans mortgage in order to sell?
In terms of the Platform Home Loans 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 Platform Home Loans 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.