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Common questions relating to First Trust Bank transfer of equity

  • My father passed away half a year ago leaving a loan-free bungalow to me and my half brother equally. He has always lived in the property, there was a condition in her will saying the housecould not be sold for 2 years after her passing so he could continue to live there for a while. He now wishes to remain in the premises beyond the specified period. We have considered a transfer of equity. Would I be right in thinking that we should get a valuation then he'd get a home loan in the traditional way to purchase my equity?
  • Will I incur any fees for a Transfer of Equity where the current home loan is with First Trust Bank?
  • My -ex-husband and I are are looking to find an affordable conveyancing lawyer to assist in a transfer of equity and remortgage with First Trust Bank. I really don't want to get ripped off but with so many conveyancing firms who do transfer of equity conveyancing out there...who do I opt for?
  • How and when do I cover the costs of the Stamp Duty Land Tax due for the transfer of equity in my house in my name alone which is happening simultaneously with a refinancing via First Trust Bank?
  • I got my Decree Absolute two years ago. For some reason I never dealt with the change the ownership from the current 'joint' status to my sole name. I now plan to deal with it and there are no objections. Transfer-of-equity is presumably the way forward. First Trust Bank is content to transfer the property and loan in my name (affordability checks done). Does she need a lawyer?
  • I am hoping to remortgage my apartment in Wakefield changing from Natwest to First Trust Bank. The flat is jointly owned but propose for it to be in my sole name when I switch. My wife has verbally consented to this and is willing to sign a form but neither of us want to incur lawyer charges.
  • Do I need legal advice when doing a transfer of equity where the home loan is to remain with First Trust Bank?

Information that may be required from your conveyancing solicitor is likely to ask in relation to your First Trust Bank Transfer of Equity

We need you to supply the National Insurance Number(s) of all the new owners (required for completion of the SDLT Form)

Where you 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.

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

Please inform us if you are making any payment for the Transfer of Equity and to whom and notify us the amount?

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

Important warnings to consider in conjunction with the above First Trust Bank transfer of equity Advice :

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 properties

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 freeholder. If such conditions are not strictly observed 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 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 varies based on the market value of the property at the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with First Trust Bank your property may be repossessed.

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 conveyancer should describe the transfer as ‘transfer of equity’ to assist Land Registry staff.

Content 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 First Trust Bank transfer of equity