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Sample questions relating to Astra Mortgages transfer of equity

  • What can I do where I am dissatisfied with the conveyancing solicitor who carried out our transfer of equity conveyancing?
  • I intend to refinance my flat in Heathfield moving from Yorkshire Bank Home Loans to Astra Mortgages. The maisonette is currently in joint names but propose for it to be in my name only once I switch. My husband is OK with this and is willing to sign a form but neither of us want to incur lawyer charges.
  • My Astra Mortgages home loan is in joint names with ex, he is agreeable to come off the deeds and put the house in my name alone. Astra Mortgages have consented to the transfer of equity to my individual name. Do Astra Mortgages get in touch with my company to check my salary?
  • I am considering mortgaging my home in Dunnington does my lawyer have to be on the Astra Mortgages Solicitor panel. The conveyancing also involves a transfer of equity.
  • Can I transfer the equity held in my property with my Astra Mortgages home loan?
  • Is it possible to apply to borrow a further advance from Astra Mortgages as part of a Transfer of Equity?
  • My decree absolute has gone through as is the consent order. Now I need to deal with the transfer of equity on title deeds and the Astra Mortgages home loan. I have called Astra Mortgages for the transfer of equity application. What happens next?

Questions that your conveyancing solicitor could ask regarding your Astra Mortgages Transfer of Equity

Please give the details of anyone to be extracted from the title deeds?

Where you are intent on holding the property as beneficial Tenants in Common in unequal shares, what is the split to be. For e.g. 50-50, or 60-40?

Has consent been obtained from Astra Mortgages to the proposed transfer of equity?

Please provide the details of anyone to be added to the title deeds?

Has one of the registered proprietors died? If so please provide us with a copy of all the relevant documents e.g. the will, death certificate etc..

Please confirm whether this Transfer of Equity is part of any Matrimonial Proceedings? If so, please provide the name, address, telephone number and reference of the Matrimonial Solicitor instructed to act, along with a copy of the sealed Consent or Court Order?

Caveats to be read in further to the above Astra Mortgages transfer of equity information :

Tax and Legal

There may be various tax and legal implications when transferring equity for your property. You should always seek the advice of a solicitor on the Astra Mortgages conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

If your property is leasehold, the lease may require that you obtain the consent of the freeholder. If such restrictions are not strictly observed you may be in breach of your covenants under the lease. This could trigger the freeholder taking enforcement action against you.

Indemnity Insurance

If the transfer of equity is made as a result of an Order of the Court, then Insolvency Indemnity Insurance is not required. In other situations, where a property is being transferred at less than market value between joint owners, an Insolvency Act Indemnity Insurance policy may be required. This is something that that your lawyer will check with Astra Mortgages This is because, if the outgoing party is made bankrupt in the future, their Trustee in Bankruptcy could argue that they had transferred the property in order to avoid their creditors and apply to the Court to have the transaction set aside. If this happens, it could affect your lender or a future buyer from you as they would lose the property and the lender may not get back what they have loaned to you. The Insolvency Act Indemnity Insurance policy only protects lenders such as Astra Mortgages or future buyers from you. If there is no mortgage and the outgoing owner is made bankrupt, there is a risk to you that you could lose your home if the transfer is set aside. The cost of the Insolvency Act Indemnity Insurance policy is dependent on the valuation of the property at the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Astra Mortgages your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Astra Mortgages Mortgage

When it comes to preparing the the Land Registry documents your lawyer should in the ‘consideration’ panel choose the first option, if consideration is given; otherwise ignore the consideration panel altogether.

If Astra Mortgages is joining in the transfer to release someone from liability, put the release in the ‘additional provisions’ panel if someone is entering into a covenant relating to the charge, place it in the ‘additional provisions’ panel stamp duty land tax is not payable when there is no chargeable consideration for the transfer (Schedule 3, paragraph 1 of the Finance Act 2003). In the case of a transfer subject to a charge (even if the transfer is by way of gift) or if a property has been transferred for no value and there is an associated discharge, HMRC would view this as an assumption of an existing debt by the purchaser (Schedule 4, paragraph 8 of the Finance Act 2003) and stamp duty land tax may be payable if you wish you may state in the ‘additional provisions’ panel that ‘This transfer is made subject to a charge dated… in favour of…’

On form AP1, your lawyer should describe the transfer as ‘transfer of equity’ to assist Land Registry staff.

Information contained within this webpage is for general information and only applies to England and Wales. It should not be regarded as advice for members of the public who should contact their lawyer,mortgage broker, insurer and accountant for specific advice relating to transfer of equity. Whilst we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct we do not make any representation or warranties of any kind about its completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability. Any reliance you place on the information is strictly at your own risk. Lexsure will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the use of this information.


Frequently asked questions relating to ASTRA mortgages transfer of equity