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Questions and answers: Harpenden Building Society transfer of equity

  • My partner and I jointly own a house in Dunnington . Home loan is with Harpenden Building Society. I wish to transfer full ownership to him with no payment of money but without using a lawyer. Is this likely to be simple?
  • How much the typical conveyancing costs are for a transfer of equity? I'm in the process of remortgaging - moving over to Harpenden Building Society - and have been quoted £250 excluding VAT by Harpenden Building Society's approved conveyancing solicitor, Is this is a good price or not?
  • I jointly own a flat in Heathfield , with a Harpenden Building Society mortgage with my former partner. Him and his new partner are going to acquire my share. We had consent from Harpenden Building Society to remove my name with hers. The transfer of equity needs to be completed by a lawyer for Harpenden Building Society (apparently). In order to save fees can I do the Land Registry formalities?
  • What are my options where I am not happy with the conveyancing solicitor who handled my transfer of equity transaction?
  • Me and a friend got a joint mortgage with Harpenden Building Society on a apartment about a year ago. I am now thinking of purchasing a house by myself and my friend would like to buy me out. Once we have agreed a price what are the next steps? Is there likely to be any concerns with Harpenden Building Society with him being solely liable for the total mortgage as opposed to only half of it?
  • Been looking at online blogs that solicitors are more expensive than conveyancers for transfer of equity conveyancing. Am I better of using a conveyancer or a solicitor where I need to be transferring equity and at the same time switching mortgage with Harpenden Building Society
  • How do I go about adding or removing names (transfer of equity) to or from my Harpenden Building Society mortgage account?

Questions that your conveyancer may ask regarding your Harpenden Building Society Transfer of Equity

Please confirm the person to be removed from the title deeds will not reside at the property after the transfer of equity has been completed?

Please let us know of you wish us to draft you Declaration of Trust. If so are you happy to pay for the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

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

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.

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

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

Caveats to be read in conjunction with the above Harpenden 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 Harpenden Building Society 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 require that you obtain the consent of 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 as a result of 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 conveyancer will check with Harpenden 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 Harpenden 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 market value of the property at finalisation of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Harpenden Building Society.

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

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