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Sample questions relating to RBS- First Active transfer of equity

  • Is it sensible to stop the direct debit for my mortgage with RBS- First Active as soon as a date for my remortgage and transfer of equity has been agreed?
  • My mum died last March leaving a loan-free bungalow to me and my half brother equally. Having continues to reside at the house, there was a provision in her will saying the propertycould not be sold for three years following her passing so he could continue to live there for a while. He now says he would like to remain in the property beyond the prescribed period. We have considered a transfer of equity. Would I be right in thinking that we'd get a valuation then he'd get a home loan in the traditional way to acquire my equity?
  • My fiance and I have 50:50 shares in a BTL. I am a higher rate tax payer. Preferably I would like to complete a transfer of equity into her name to mitigate tax on rental income. If RBS- First Active are fine with this the legal fees are not prohibitive. However what happens when we dispose of the property? Would my GGT relief be lost.
  • What if my application doesn't meet RBS- First Active lending criteria for a transfer of equity?
  • Two years ago I purchased a apartment without my partner's name on the title. My conveyancing solicitor claimed it is due to the fact that she was not in the mortgage with RBS- First Active. Is it possible for me to add her name on the deeds?
  • I understand we would need at least AP1 and TR1. Is this true?
  • I purchased a house with my brother in 2009 Since buying the property, we have both got married. We are now seeking to do a transfer of equity so my name comes off the RBS- First Active mortgage. There is a significant difference between the value the lender hold and what the property would sell for currently. Can you offer any advice?

Information that may be required from your lawyer could ask regarding your RBS- First Active Transfer of Equity

Has one of the registered proprietors passed away? If so please forward us with a copy of all the relevant documents e.g. the will, death certificate etc..

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

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

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

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 give the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone to be extracted from the title deeds?

Information to consider in supplemental the above RBS- First Active 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 RBS- First Active conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

If your property is leasehold, provisions in the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you obtain the consent of the freeholder. If such terms are not adhered to you may be in violation of 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 cases, 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 RBS- First Active 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 RBS- First Active 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 transaction.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with RBS- First Active your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a RBS- First Active 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 RBS- First Active 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.

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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