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Sample questions relating to Cambridge Building Society transfer of equity

  • I currently have a joint Cambridge Building Society mortgage with my cousin and am investigating the feasibility of him assuming responsibility for the whole mortgage and extracting myself from it, so as to enable me to purchase a property with my partner. The remaining mortgage is about 200k, and the property value is in the region 500k. Is this a transfer of equity? Is land tax due?
  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving refinance with Cambridge Building Society should I be invoiced 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
  • Is it possible to transfer the equity held in my property with my Cambridge Building Society mortgage?
  • My brother and I got a joint mortgage with Cambridge Building Society on a house a couple of years ago. I am now looking to get a house by myself and my friend would like to buy me out. On the basis that we can settle on an amount where do we go? Is there likely to be any issue with Cambridge Building Society with him being solely liable for the total mortgage as opposed to only half of it?
  • My wife and myself jointly own a BTL. I am a higher rate tax payer. Ideally I would like to complete a transfer of equity into her name to mitigate tax on rental income. If Cambridge Building Society are fine with this the legal fees are not prohibitive. However what happens when we sell? As I would no longer be on the title documents am I giving up my CGT relief.
  • What can I do where I am not happy with the conveyancing solicitor who conducted my transfer of equity transaction?
  • I plan to refinance my flat in Ampthill moving from Chelsea BS to Cambridge Building Society. The apartment is currently in joint names but I would like it to be in my name only when I switch. My husband is OK with this and is happy to sign a form but neither of us want to incur conveyancer charges.

Questions that your conveyancer may ask in relation to your Cambridge Building Society Transfer of Equity

Please state the names and ages of anyone over the age of 17, other than the owners, who will occupy the property with you

Please provide the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone to be extracted from 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 provide the details of anyone to be added to the title deeds?

Please confirm whether you are receiving any payment as part of the Transfer or Equity and from whom and give details of the amount?

If 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.

Caveats to be read in supplemental the above Cambridge Building Society 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 Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold properties

Should the tenure of your property be leasehold, the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you obtain the consent of the freeholder. If such conditions are not complied with you may be in breach 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 varies based on the valuation of the property at the time of completion of the transfer of equity transaction.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Cambridge Building Society.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Cambridge Building Society Mortgage

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

If Cambridge 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 conveyancing solicitor should describe the transfer as ‘transfer of equity’ to assist Land Registry staff.

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Frequently asked questions relating to Cambridge Building Society transfer of equity