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Recently asked questions relating to Bath Building Society transfer of equity

  • I already have a mortgage with Bath Building Society and am maintaining my current mortgaging but wish to have it in my name alone so my former partner won't be on it any longer. How long does the whole transfer of equity process take?
  • I own a flat in Ampthill , with a Bath Building Society loan with my ex partner. He and his new partner are going to acquire my share. We had consent from Bath Building Society to substitute my name with hers. The transfer of equity has to be completed by a conveyancing solicitor for Bath Building Society (supposedly). In order to save fees can I deal with the Land Registry change?
  • My wife and I have equal shares in a BTL. I am a top rate tax payer. Preferably I would like to do a transfer of equity to her sole name with a view to reduce our tax on rental income. Assuming Bath Building Society are fine with this the legal fees are inexpensive. What are the implications when we dispose of the property? Would my GGT relief be lost.
  • Me and a friend got a joint mortgage with Bath Building Society on a apartment in 2013. I am now thinking of purchasing a property on my own and my friend would like to buy me out. Once we have agreed a figure what are the next steps? Would there be any potential issue with Bath Building Society with him being on the hook for the total mortgage as opposed to only half of it?
  • How and when do I cover the costs of the Stamp Duty Land Tax payable for the transfer of equity in my home in my sole name which is happening simultaneously with a refinancing with Bath Building Society?
  • Do I need legal advice when doing a transfer of equity where the mortgage is to remain with Bath Building Society?
  • What do I need to do when it comes adding or removing names (transfer of equity) to or from my Bath Building Society mortgage account?

Sample of questions in a lawyer questionnaire relating to Bath Building Society Transfer of Equity

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

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

If 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?

Please confirm if you are making any payment for the Transfer of Equity and to whom and notify us any such sums?

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

Please confirm the person to be removed from the title deeds will not reside at the property after the transfer of equity has been completed?

Caveats to be read in further to the above Bath Building Society transfer of equity Questions and Answers :

Tax and Legal

There are numerous potential tax and legal implications when transferring equity for your property. You should always seek the advice of a solicitor on the Bath Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold premises

If your property is leasehold, the lease may require that you have a license to do so from the landlord. If such conditions are not complied with you may be in violation 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 pursuant to an Order of the Court, then Insolvency Indemnity Insurance is not required. In other cases, 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 conveyancer will check with Bath Building Society 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 Bath Building Society 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 market value of the property at the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Bath Building Society your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Bath Building Society 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 Bath Building Society 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 does not constitute 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 Bath Building Society transfer of equity