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Handelsbanken transfer of equity example support desk enquires

  • I got my Decree Absolute in 2010. For some reason I 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 presumably the way forward. Handelsbanken is happy to transfer the full equity in my name (financial checks done). Does my ex need any legal representation?
  • My current mortgage is with Handelsbanken. Can I transfer equity to someone under eighteen years old?
  • Me and a friend got a joint mortgage with Handelsbanken on a flat a couple of years ago. I am now thinking of purchasing a flat on my own and my friend would like to buy me out. On the basis that we can settle on an amount what are the next steps? Would there be any potential concerns with Handelsbanken with him being solely liable for the total mortgage as opposed to only part of it?
  • My mother died last May leaving a loan-free property to me and my step brother equally. He has always lived in the property, there was a provision in her will specifying that the housecould not be sold for 24 months following her passing so he could reside there for a specified time frame. He now says he would like to remain in the property 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 mortgage in the conventional way to acquire my equity?
  • I am led to believe we would need at least AP1 and Transfer Deed. Is this true?
  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving a remortgage with Handelsbanken should I be charged VAT on the following: (1) Land Registry fee on the transfer of equity (2) Pre - completion search fee (3) SDLT E submission on the transfer (4) Bank TT fee
  • What if my application doesn't meet Handelsbanken lending criteria for a transfer of equity?

Examples of questions in a conveyancer questionnaire relating to Handelsbanken Transfer of Equity

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

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

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

Where you are adding someone on to the property how do you wish to hold the property? Please provide your instructions by completing and returning a“Joint Ownership Declaration” Form.

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

Has consent been obtained from Handelsbanken to the proposed transfer of equity?

Caveats to be read in supporting the above Handelsbanken transfer of equity Questions and Answers :

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 Handelsbanken conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold properties

Should the tenure of your property be leasehold, provisions in the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you have a license to do so from the freeholder. If such restrictions 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 conveyancing solicitor will check with Handelsbanken 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 Handelsbanken 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 the time of completion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Handelsbanken.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Handelsbanken 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 Handelsbanken 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.

Information contained within 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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