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Frequently asked questions relating to Bradford & Bingley transfer of equity

  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving refinance with Bradford & Bingley should I be paying value added tax on the following: (1) HMLR fee on the transfer of equity (2) Pre - completion search fee (3) SDLT E submission on the transfer (4) Bank TT fee
  • Am I best advised cancel the direct debit for my mortgage with Bradford & Bingley as soon as a date for my remortgage and transfer of equity has been agreed?
  • How do I go about adding or subtracting names (transfer of equity) to or from my Bradford & Bingley mortgage account?
  • I am in the process of removing a name from a joint mortgage and the Bradford & Bingley require me to use a lawyer to carry out the conveyancing. Can you recommend a reasonably priced Miles Platting conveyancing solicitor to deal with the transfer of equity? They need to be on the Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel.
  • My father died last March leaving a mortgage-free bungalow to me and my half brother 50:50. Having continues to reside at the premises, there was a condition in her will specifying that the premisescould not be sold for 2 years after her passing so he could reside there for a specified time frame. He now wishes to remain in the house beyond the specified period. We have discussed a transfer of equity. Am I right in saying we should get a valuation then he'd get a mortgage in the usual way to acquire my share?
  • My wife and myself jointly own a BTL. I am a top rate tax payer. Ideally I would like to complete a transfer of equity to her sole name to mitigate tax on the letting income. Assuming Bradford & Bingley are content with this the legal fees are inexpensive. However what happens when we sell? As I would no longer be on the title documents would I lose my CGT relief.
  • What are the average solicitors costs are for a transfer of equity? I'm in the process of remortgaging - new loan with Bradford & Bingley - and have been quoted £250 excluding VAT by Bradford & Bingley's appointed conveyancer, Have I been over quoted?

Information that may be required from your conveyancer may ask regarding your Bradford & Bingley Transfer of Equity

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 the person to be removed from the title deeds will not reside at the property after completion of the Transfer of Equity?

Has one of the registered owners passed away? If so please supply us with a copy of all the relevant documents e.g. the will, death certificate etc..

Please give the name(s) and addresse(s) of those who jointly own the premises with you?

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

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?

Information to consider in in addition to the above Bradford & Bingley transfer of equity Info :

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 Bradford & Bingley conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

Should the tenure of your property be leasehold, provisions in the lease may require that you have a license to do so from the freeholder. If such terms are not adhered to you may be in violation of your covenants under the lease. This could potentially result in 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 conveyancer will check with Bradford & Bingley 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 Bradford & Bingley 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.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Bradford & Bingley your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Bradford & Bingley 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 Bradford & Bingley 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 conveyancing solicitor should describe the transfer as ‘transfer of equity’ to assist Land Registry staff.

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Frequently asked questions relating to Bradford & Bingley transfer of equity