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Frequently asked questions relating to Darlington Building Society transfer of equity

  • What is the process for adding or subtracting names (transfer of equity) to or from my Darlington Building Society mortgage account?
  • Is it sensible to stop the direct debit for my mortgage with Darlington Building Society once a date for my remortgage and transfer of equity has been agreed?
  • Been reviewing online forums that solicitors are more expensive than licensed conveyancers when it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing. So is it better if I use a conveyancer or a solicitor if I am transferring equity and at the same time remortgaging with Darlington Building Society
  • Me and my partner jointly own a house in Littleborough . Home loan is with Darlington Building Society. I wish to transfer full ownership to him with no payment of money but without using a conveyancing solicitor. Is this likely to be straightforward?
  • I am searching for a dependable conveyancing solicitor to assist in a transfer of equity and remortgage with Darlington Building Society. I really don't want to get ripped off and there are plenty conveyancing firms who do transfer of equity conveyancing to choose from...who do I opt for?
  • Having been a number of years separated I have decided to give up my share of our flat to my husband who is refinancing with Darlington Building Society. Can a transfer of equity be completed inside four weeks?
  • I am completing a Darlington Building Society transfer of equity application and have come to the section that asks about debts etc. There are some debts that I have been discharging over a long period, in fact they no longer remain my credit rating. Must I set these out?

Questions that your conveyancing solicitor may ask about your Darlington Building Society Transfer of Equity

Please provide the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone to be removed from the property title?

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 consent been obtained from Darlington Building Society to the proposed transfer of equity?

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

Who will be responsible for the costs of the Transfer of Equity?

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

Important warnings to consider in further to the above Darlington Building Society transfer of equity information :

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 Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

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 strictly observed 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 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 lawyer will check with Darlington 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 Darlington 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 market value of the property at the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Darlington Building Society.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Darlington 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 Darlington 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 provided on 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.


Frequently asked questions relating to Darlington Building Society transfer of equity