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Top seven questions relating to Ecology Building Society transfer of equity

  • How and when do I pay stamp duty chargeable for the transfer of equity in my house in my sole name which is taking place simultaneously with a switching mortgage via Ecology Building Society?
  • I bought a property with my brother in 2008 Since then, we have both got married. We are now seeking to do a transfer of equity so my name is taken off the Ecology Building Society mortgage. There is a 30k difference between the 'rightmove estimate' and what the property would sell for currently. Can you offer any advice?
  • What are the average solicitors costs are for a transfer of equity? I'm in the process of remortgaging - moving over to Ecology Building Society - and have been quoted £250 plus VAT by Ecology Building Society's appointed conveyancing solicitor, Is this a reasonable price?
  • Been reviewing online forums that solicitors are more expensive than licensed conveyancers for transfer of equity conveyancing. Am I better of using a conveyancer or a solicitor if I am transferring equity and simultaneously switching mortgage with Ecology Building Society
  • I currently have a joint Ecology Building Society mortgage with my cousin and am looking into the possibility of him assuming responsibility for the whole mortgage and extracting myself from it, so as to enable me to buy a property with my partner. The remaining mortgage is in the region 300k, and the property value is approx 500k. Is this a transfer of equity? Is stamp duty involved?
  • I am selling my share of a flat in Woodside to my co-owners husband, they are reapplying to Ecology Building Society. We are in heated discussion as to who must cover the charges for the transfer of equity. Should this be shared or is one party obliged to cover the costs of?
  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving a remortgage with Ecology Building Society should I be charged 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

Examples of information requested in a lawyer questionnaire relating to Ecology Building Society Transfer of Equity

Is the transfer of equity subject to a court order? If yes please supply a copy

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

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

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?

Please give the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone to be added to the title deeds?

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

General Advice to read in further to the above Ecology Building Society transfer of equity information :

Tax and Legal

There may be various tax and legal implications when transferring equity for your property. You should always seek the advice of a solicitor on the Ecology Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

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 landlord. If such terms are not adhered to 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 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 conveyancing solicitor will check with Ecology 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 Ecology 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 Ecology Building Society.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Ecology 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 Ecology 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 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.


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