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Questions and answers: Furness Building Society transfer of equity

  • I am am in need of a conveyancer to handle my transfer of equity. Furness Building Society have been approached for a refinancing. I thought of asking my financial adviser. I understand he may get a referral fee for suggesting someone, but also of benefit will be that he knows the conveyancing solicitor, has a working relationship with them. Is my logic misguided?
  • Can I apply to request a further advance from Furness Building Society as part of a Transfer of Equity?
  • What legal advice do I need when doing a transfer of equity where the mortgage is to remain with Furness Building Society?
  • Me and my partner jointly own a property in Witham . Home loan is with Furness Building Society. I would like to transfer full ownership to him with no payment of money but without using a conveyancing solicitor. Is this likely to be straightforward?
  • What is the process for adding or removing names (transfer of equity) to or from my Furness Building Society mortgage account?
  • My mother passed away early last year leaving a mortgage-free bungalow to me and my brother 50:50. He has always lived in the property, there was a condition in her will specifying that the premisescould not be sold for 2 years after her death so he could reside there for a while. He now wishes to remain in the house beyond the prescribed 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 purchase my equity?
  • I got my Decree Absolute two years ago. For some reason I never got around to transfer ownership from the current 'joint' status to my name alone. I am ready to do that and so is she. Transfer-of-equity is presumably the way forward. Furness Building Society is willing to transfer the full equity in my name (affordability checks done). Does she need a lawyer?

Examples of information requested in a conveyancing solicitor form relating to Furness Building Society Transfer of Equity

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

Please give the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone who jointly owns the premises with you?

Would you like us to draft you Declaration of Trust. If so are you happy to incur the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

Is the transfer of equity subject to a court order? If yes please supply a copy

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

Please give the details of anyone to be added to the title deeds?

Important warnings to consider in supporting the above Furness Building Society transfer of equity Advice :

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 Furness Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold premises

If your property is leasehold, the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you have a license to do so from the landlord. If such conditions are not complied with 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 lawyer will check with Furness 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 Furness 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 valuation of the property at the time of completion of the transfer of equity transaction.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Furness Building Society your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Furness Building Society 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 Furness 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 conveyancing solicitor 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.


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