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Common questions relating to Barclays plc transfer of equity

  • My partner and myself have 50:50 shares in a buy to let. I am a higher rate tax payer. Preferably I wish to do a transfer of equity to her sole name with a view to mitigate tax on the letting income. Assuming Barclays plc are happy with this the legal fees are inexpensive. What are the implications when we sell? Would my GGT relief be lost.
  • My financial adviser has suggested using their conveyancing solicitor for our Transfer of Equity plus remortgage with Barclays plc - Surely it’s easier to just instruct them?
  • I am trying to find a lawyer to deal with my transfer of equity. Barclays plc are dealing with the remortgage. I thought of asking my mortgage broker. I am lead to believe he may receive a kickback for recommending someone, but also of benefit will be that he knows the conveyancing solicitor, has a working relationship with them. Is my logic misguided?
  • My former husband are seeking to get a conveyancing solicitor in place for a refinance with Barclays plc. Transfer of Equity conveyancing is also necessaryI have used the different comparison based tools and the results are from all over England and Wales. Do we need to have a lawyer local to us?
  • I purchased a house with my cousin in 2010 Since then, we have both got married. We are now looking to do a transfer of equity so my name is removed the Barclays plc mortgage. There is a 30k difference between the 'rightmove estimate' and what the property would sell for currently. Can you offer any advice?
  • Barclays plc yesterday agreed I can take over the mortgage on the house. I have applied for a transfer of equity but presumably there is a transfer of ownership at the Land Registry as well?
  • I am in the process of removing a name from a joint mortgage and the Barclays plc require me to use a conveyancing solicitor to carry out the conveyancing. Can you recommend a reasonably priced Romsey lawyer to deal with the transfer of equity? They need to be on the Barclays plc conveyancing panel.

Questions that your lawyer could ask in relation to your Barclays plc Transfer of Equity

Is it the case that one of the registered proprietors passed away? If so please supply us with a copy of all the relevant documents e.g. the will, death certificate etc..

Would you like us to draft you Declaration of Trust. If so are you happy to incur the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

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

Please provide the details of anyone to be extracted from the property title?

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

If you are adding someone on to the title deeds how do you wish to hold the property? Please provide your instructions by completing and returning a“Joint Ownership Declaration” Form.

Important warnings to consider in supporting the above Barclays plc 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 Barclays plc conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold premises

Should the tenure of your property be leasehold, provisions in the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you have a license to do so from the landlord. If such conditions are not strictly observed you may be in violation of 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 Barclays plc 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 Barclays plc 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 finalisation of the transfer of equity transaction.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Barclays plc.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Barclays plc 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 Barclays plc 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 conveyancer 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.


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