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Recently asked questions relating to GE Money transfer of equity

  • My mother died early last year leaving a unencumbered bungalow to me and my step brother in equal shared. He has always lived in the premises, there was a condition in her will specifying that the premisescould not be sold for 2 years following her passing so he could remain there for a specified time frame. He now wants to remain in the premises beyond the prescribed period. We have considered a transfer of equity. Am I right in saying we should get a valuation then he'd get a mortgage in the conventional way to buy my equity?
  • I am trying to find a lawyer to deal with my transfer of equity. GE Money have been approached for a remortgage. I thought of asking my financial adviser. I understand he will likely receive a kickback for suggesting a firm, but also of benefit will be that he knows the conveyancer, has a working relationship with them. Any flaws you see in this way of thinking?
  • Online reading suggests that solicitors are more expensive than licensed conveyancers for transfer of equity conveyancing. Am I better of using a conveyancer or a solicitor where I am transferring equity and at the same time remortgaging with GE Money
  • I got divorced four years ago. I simply never dealt with the transfer ownership from the current 'joint' status to just in my name. I am ready to do that and so is she. Transfer-of-equity is needed. GE Money is willing to transfer the property and loan in my name (affordability checks done). Does she need a conveyancer?
  • What do I need to do when it comes adding or removing names (transfer of equity) to or from my GE Money mortgage account?
  • Am I best advised stop my mortgage payments with GE Money as soon as a date for my remortgage and transfer of equity has been set?
  • GE Money have just agreed I can take over the mortgage on the house. I previously applied for a transfer of equity but presumably there is a transfer of ownership at HMLR on top?

Examples of questions in a lawyer questionnaire relating to GE Money Transfer of Equity

Please give the details of those who jointly own the property with you?

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

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 confirm the person to be removed from the title deeds will not reside at the property after completion of the Transfer of Equity?

Is it the case that one of the registered owners died? If so please provide us with a copy of all the relevant documents e.g. the will, death certificate etc..

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

General Advice to read in conjunction with the above GE Money 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 GE Money conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold properties

If your property is leasehold, provisions in the lease may require that you have a license to do so from the freeholder. 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 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 conveyancing solicitor will check with GE Money 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 GE Money 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 time of completion of the transfer of equity transaction.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with GE Money your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a GE Money Mortgage

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

If GE Money 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 lawyer should describe the transfer as ‘transfer of equity’ to assist Land Registry staff.

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Frequently asked questions relating to GE Money transfer of equity