11:23 AM, 7th January 2021, About 9 months ago 12
Over the past 20 years of buying and selling houses, I’ve always tried to do my own conveyancing, unless a mortgage was involved. I do this to keep in close contact with the sale and because I tend to be far quicker and (dare I add) at least as efficient as most solicitors.
Recently, more and more firms have refused to deal with me, despite the fact that legally I am allowed to deal with my own conveyancing when buying or selling in my own name. The usual excuse is ‘money laundering’ despite there being numerous safeguards already in place to prevent this.
I am currently selling a flat. The Offer was accepted early in November. The Contract was sent out at once. Three weeks later, the seller’s solicitor decided to tell me her firm would not co-operate with me. I was forced to instruct my own solicitor (or lose the sale.)
This I did early in December. I also provided as many documents as possible to help speed up proceedings. I have yet to have even an acknowledgement from my solicitors despite a polite email from me. No letter of conditions, no request for a deposit for their work. Nothing.
Two months after the offer I have still to get off the ground. Hopeless. Which is why I intend to re-read Bleak House, by Dickins, and shake my head in disbelief at the case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce – a byword for interminable legal proceedings. Grrrr
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