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Cambridge Building Society transfer of equity: q and a’s

  • My Cambridge Building Society home loan is in joint names with ex, he is agreeable to come off the mortgage and let me have the property. Cambridge Building Society have consented to the transfer of equity to my individual name. Do Cambridge Building Society get in touch with my company to check my salary?
  • Two years ago I purchased a apartment without my partner's name on the deeds. My lawyer claimed it is due to the fact that she was not in the loan offer with Cambridge Building Society. I'm wondering is there any way that I can put her name on the deeds?
  • I am trying to find a lawyer to undertake my transfer of equity. Cambridge Building Society are dealing with the refinancing. I considered asking my financial adviser. I understand he may get a kickback for recommending a firm, but also of benefit will be that he knows the lawyer, has a working relationship with them. Any flaws you see in this way of thinking?
  • I am planning on removing a name from a joint mortgage and the Cambridge Building Society require me to use a conveyancer to carry out the conveyancing. Can you recommend a reasonably priced Wakefield conveyancer to deal with the transfer of equity? They need to be on the Cambridge Building Society conveyancing panel.
  • What do I need to do when it comes adding or removing names (transfer of equity) to or from my Cambridge Building Society mortgage account?
  • I plan to remortgage my apartment in Littleborough moving from Barclays to Cambridge Building Society. The flat is currently in joint names but intend for it to be in my sole name once I transfer. My wife is OK with this and is happy to transfer equity but neither of us want to incur conveyancing solicitor fees.
  • My partner and myself equally own a investment property. I am a higher rate tax payer. Ideally I wish to do a transfer of equity into her name with a view to reduce our tax on rental income. Assuming Cambridge Building Society are happy with this the legal fees are inexpensive. What are the implications when we sell? Would my GGT relief be lost.

Sample of questions in a lawyer form relating to Cambridge Building Society Transfer of Equity

Please let us know of you wish us to draw up a Declaration of Trust. If so are you happy to incur the further fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

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

Will there be any consideration monies passing between the parties for the Transfer of Equity? Where this is the case, please state the amount and who is to receive the same

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?

Can you provide the name(s) and addresse(s) of those who jointly own the property with you?

We need you to provide the National Insurance Number(s) of all the new owners (required for completion of the Stamp Duty Land Tax Form)

Information to consider in supplemental the above Cambridge Building Society transfer of equity Advice :

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 require that you obtain the consent of the freeholder. If such terms are not adhered to 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 pursuant to 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 conveyancing solicitor 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 is dependent on the valuation of the property at finalisation of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
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 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.


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