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Frequently asked questions relating to First Trust Bank transfer of equity

  • I got divorced in 2012. I simply never dealt with the transfer ownership from both our names to just in my name. I am ready to do that and so is she. Transfer-of-equity is presumably the way forward. First Trust Bank is happy to transfer the property and loan in my name (affordability checks done). Does she need a lawyer?
  • What legal advice do I need when doing a transfer of equity where the mortgage is to remain with First Trust Bank?
  • My father passed away early last year leaving a loan-free semi to me and my half brother 50:50. He has always lived in the premises, there was a condition in the will specifying that the premisescould not be sold for three years following her death so he could continue to live there for a prescribed period. He now wishes to remain in the premises beyond the specified period. We have considered 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 purchase my equity?
  • Given that we have been 5 years estranged I have decided to relinquish up my share of our house to my husband who is refinancing with First Trust Bank. Can a transfer of equity be completed inside four weeks?
  • As things stand I have a joint First Trust Bank mortgage with my cousin and am looking into the option of him taking on the outstanding mortgage and removing myself from it, to enable me to purchase a place with my soon-to-be-wife. The remaining mortgage is in the region 200k, and the property value is approx 450k. Is this a transfer of equity? Is stamp duty involved?
  • My current home loan is with First Trust Bank. Can I transfer equity to someone under 18 years old?
  • I am considering refinancing my house in Littleborough does my lawyer need to be on the First Trust Bank Conveyancing panel. The conveyancing also involves a transfer of equity.

Examples of information requested in a lawyer questionnaire relating to First Trust Bank Transfer of Equity

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

Please give the details of anyone to be removed from the property title?

If you are adding someone on to the title deeds how would you like to hold the property? Please provide your instructions by completing and returning a“Joint Ownership Declaration” Questionnaire.

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

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?

Is it the case that one of the registered proprietors died? If so please forward us with a copy of the Death Certificate, Probate and a copy of the Will.

Information to consider in supplemental 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 titles

If your property is leasehold, provisions in the lease may require that you have a license to do so from the freeholder. If such restrictions are not strictly observed 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 as a result of 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 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 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 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 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