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Hanley Economic Building Society transfer of equity: q and a’s

  • Me and my partner jointly own a house in Littleborough . Mortgage is with Hanley Economic Building Society. I want to transfer full ownership to him with no passing of money but without using a conveyancer. Is this likely to be easy to so?
  • I already have a home loan with Hanley Economic Building Society and am maintaining my current mortgaging but wish to have it in my name only so my former partner won't be on it any longer. How long do Hanley Economic Building Society take to deal with the application?
  • My decree absolute is through as is the consent order. Now I must deal with the transfer of equity at the HMLR and the Hanley Economic Building Society home loan. I have contacted Hanley Economic Building Society for the transfer of equity application. What happens next?
  • Online reading suggests that solicitors are more expensive than conveyancers when it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing. So is it better if I use a conveyancer or a solicitor where I need to be transferring equity and at the same time refinancing with Hanley Economic Building Society
  • I co-own a property in Romsey , with a Hanley Economic Building Society loan with my former husband. He and his new partner are going to acquire my share. We had the go ahead from Hanley Economic Building Society to replace my name with hers. The transfer of equity has to be completed by a lawyer for Hanley Economic Building Society (apparently). Is it possible for us to do the Land Registry formalities?
  • My fiance and I equally own a BTL. I am a top rate tax payer. Preferably I wish to do a transfer of equity into her name to mitigate tax on the letting income. If Hanley Economic Building Society are fine with this the legal fees are inexpensive. However what happens when we dispose of the property? Would my GGT relief be lost.
  • How and when do I cover the costs of stamp duty due for the transfer of equity in my house in my name alone which is happening at the same time as a refinancing with Hanley Economic Building Society?

Questions that your lawyer could ask regarding your Hanley Economic Building Society Transfer of Equity

Has consent been obtained from Hanley Economic Building Society to the proposed transfer of equity?

Would you like us to draw up a Declaration of Trust. If so are you willing to incur the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

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

If 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 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?

Important warnings to consider in in addition to the above Hanley Economic Building Society transfer of equity Questions and Answers :

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 Hanley Economic Building Society 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 obtain the consent of the freeholder. If such restrictions are not strictly observed you may be in breach 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 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 conveyancing solicitor will check with Hanley Economic 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 Hanley Economic 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 conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Hanley Economic Building Society your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Hanley Economic Building Society 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 Hanley Economic 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 conveyancer should describe the transfer as ‘transfer of equity’ to assist Land Registry staff.

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