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Top seven questions relating to First Trust Bank transfer of equity

  • My wife and myself jointly own a BTL. I am a higher rate tax payer. Ideally I wish to do a transfer of equity into her name with a view to mitigate tax on rental income. Assuming First Trust Bank are happy with this the legal fees are not prohibitive. However what happens when we dispose of the property? As I would no longer be on the title documents would I lose my CGT relief.
  • I am remortgaging my flat in Miles Platting does my lawyer have to be on the First Trust Bank Conveyancing panel. The conveyancing also involves a transfer of equity.
  • Online research suggests that solicitors are more expensive than conveyancers when it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing. Am I better of using a conveyancer or a solicitor if I am transferring equity and simultaneously switching mortgage with First Trust Bank
  • Is stamp duty payable when it comes to an transfer of equity with a mortgage with First Trust Bank?
  • Me and my partner co-own a house in Dunnington . Mortgage is with First Trust Bank. I would like to transfer full ownership to him with no passing of money but without using a conveyancer. Do you think this should be easy to so?
  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving refinance with First Trust Bank should I be paying VAT 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
  • Is it sensible to cancel the direct debit for my mortgage with First Trust Bank once a date for my remortgage and transfer of equity has been set?

Information that may be required from your lawyer could ask regarding your First Trust Bank Transfer of Equity

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

Please confirm whether this Transfer of Equity is part of any Matrimonial Proceedings? If so, please provide the name, address, telephone number and reference of the Matrimonial Solicitor instructed to act, along with a copy of the sealed Consent or Court Order?

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

If are going to hold 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 give the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone to be extracted from the property title?

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

Information to consider in in addition to the above First Trust Bank 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 First Trust Bank conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold premises

Should the tenure of your property be 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 conditions are not strictly observed 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 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 First Trust Bank 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 First Trust Bank 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 finalisation of the transfer of equity transaction.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with First Trust Bank.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a First Trust Bank Mortgage

When it comes to preparing the the Land Registry documents your conveyancer should in the ‘consideration’ panel choose the first option, if consideration is given; otherwise ignore the consideration panel altogether.

If First Trust Bank 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 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 First Trust Bank transfer of equity