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Frequently asked questions relating to Ecology Building Society transfer of equity

  • Is there such a thing a transfer of equity stamp duty calculator?
  • I am hoping to refinance my flat in Heathfield switching from Coventry BS to Ecology Building Society. The maisonette is currently in joint names but wish for it to be in my name only when I transfer. My husband is OK with this and is happy to sign a form but neither of us want to get a second conveyancer involved.
  • My current mortgage is with Ecology Building Society. Can I transfer equity to someone less than 18 years old?
  • My mother passed away last May leaving a unencumbered property to me and my brother 50:50. Having continues to reside at the house, there was a provision in her will specifying that the propertycould not be sold for 24 months following her death so he could reside there for a prescribed period. He now says he would like to remain in the premises beyond the specified period. We have discussed a transfer of equity. Am I right in saying we'd get a valuation then he'd get a home loan in the traditional way to acquire my share?
  • My ex-wife and I are in the market for a quality conveyancing lawyer to help me sell in a transfer of equity and refinance with Ecology Building Society. I I am concerned about appointing the wrong one and there's plenty conveyancing practices who do transfer of equity conveyancing to pick from...how do I know which one is best select?
  • I got divorced four years ago. Foolishly I never got around to transfer ownership from both our names to my name alone. I now plan to deal with it and there are no objections. Transfer-of-equity is needed. Ecology Building Society is willing to transfer the property and loan in my name (affordability checks done). Does she need any legal representation?
  • My decree absolute has gone through as is the consent order. Now I must address the transfer of equity at the HMLR and the Ecology Building Society mortgage. I have asked Ecology Building Society for the transfer of equity application. What do I do now?

Questions that your lawyer is likely to ask in relation to your Ecology Building Society Transfer of Equity

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

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

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 list all persons who occupy the property, their respective ages and relationships to you.

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

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?

Caveats to be read in in addition to the above Ecology Building Society transfer of equity Questions and Answers :

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 premises

If your property is 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 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 market value of the property at the time of completion 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 lawyer 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 lawyer 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.


Frequently asked questions relating to Ecology Building Society transfer of equity