Yorkshire Building Society Conveyancing Lender Panel Compliance Tool

COMPLETIONmonitor is web-based pre- and post-completion checklist for residential conveyancing lawyers. Supported by the CML and PI insurers. COMPLETIONmonitor is a unique risk mitigation tool.

This system optimises the way you can prove to lender panels that you are, and can stay fully compliant with their instructions, with alerts on Yorkshire Building Society’s changes. Even though utilising this technology is not a condition for acceptance on the Yorkshire Building Society panel, demonstrating you can remain up to date with Yorkshire Building Society’s Handbook requirements is a helpful support to your panel application and, just as importantly, safeguard your panel status.

COMPLETIONmonitor generates 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 some firms, leads to a PII saving.

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Mortgage companies frequently vary their requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements from Yorkshire 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, Yorkshire Building Society has made 255 revisions or additions to sections of their version of the CML Handbook.
That equates to a section change every 10.7 days. In total, 42% of the sections of P2 of the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Yorkshire Building Society have been changed since 15/12/2008.

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Common questions asked concerning the Yorkshire Building Society Solicitor Panel from members of the public

We are purchasing a 1 bedroom flat in Hackney with a mortgage from Yorkshire Building Society. We would like to retain our solicitor but Yorkshire Building Society says she’s not on their "panel". We have to appoint one of the Yorkshire Building Society panel solicitors or keep our solicitor and pay for one of their panel ones to represent them. This seems very unfair; is there anything we can do?
Unfortunately,no. The mortgage offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the Yorkshire Building Society conveyancing panel. Until recently, most lenders had large numbers of law firms on their panels: a borrower could choose one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. A further alternative is for your solicitors to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Yorkshire Building Society
Please assist. For no fault of my lawyer but, the conveyancing for my house purchase has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Yorkshire Building Society was date stamped random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on 6 months + 3. My solicitor informs me that as she is on the Yorkshire Building Society conveyancing panel she needs to reorder the searches as they are no longer acceptable to the lender.
One of the many conditions to being on the Yorkshire Building Society approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Yorkshire Building Society)which states 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 Yorkshire Building Society.
I am looking to buy a property and need a conveyancing solicitor in Manchester who is on the Yorkshire Building Society approved. Can you recommend a local conveyancing firm?
Our service is a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Yorkshire Building Society . We don’t recommend any particular firm.
We're in Birmingham, First time buyers purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Yorkshire Building Society , but our solicitor is on the Yorkshire Building Society conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Yorkshire Building Society 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
Is there a list of Yorkshire Building Society panel conveyancers on the CML Handbook Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
My ex -wife’s name is on the Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire Building Society mortgage in order to sell?
In terms of the Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire 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.
Yorkshire Building Society have agreed my mortgage in principle, my offer on house has been accepted, now what?
The estate agent will want to know who your solicitors are (make sure these solicitors are on the lenders panel). Call up Yorkshire Building Society or your broker and complete any relevant paperwork. Yorkshire Building Society will tell you what documents they want. Yorkshire Building Society will instruct a valuer. The valuer will get in touch with the estate agent or seller to book an appointment. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes about week to get a mortgage offer. Yorkshire Building Society will issue the offer to you and your lawyer. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing.