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Top seven questions relating to Harpenden Building Society transfer of equity

  • As things stand I have a joint Harpenden Building Society mortgage with my step-brother and am looking into the possibility of him taking on the whole mortgage and removing myself from it, to enable me to buy a place with my fiance. The outstanding mortgage is in the region 175k, and the property value is about 600k. Is this a transfer of equity? Is stamp duty due?
  • Will I incur any charges for a Transfer of Equity where the existing home loan is with Harpenden Building Society?
  • I am selling my equity in property in Hendon to my co-owners husband, they are sticking with Harpenden Building Society as the the existing lender. We are in heated discussion as to who should pay the fees for the transfer of equity. Is this normally shared or is one of us obliged to cover the fees for?
  • My Harpenden Building Society home loan we jointly entered into with ex, he has agreed to be removed and put the house in my name alone. Harpenden Building Society have consented to the transfer of equity to me solely. Will Harpenden Building Society get in touch with my boss to confirm my salary?
  • I am are seeking to find an affordable conveyancing lawyer to help me sell in a transfer of equity and refinance with Harpenden Building Society. I I am concerned about by bill escalating out of control and there's various conveyancing solicitors who do transfer of equity conveyancing out there...who do I opt for?
  • Online reading suggests that solicitors are more expensive than licensed conveyancers for transfer of equity conveyancing. So is it better if I use a conveyancer or a solicitor if I need to be transferring equity and simultaneously refinancing with Harpenden Building Society
  • After 5 years estranged I have made the decision to give up my share of the property to my husband who is re-mortgaging with Harpenden Building Society. Can a transfer of equity be completed inside 28 days?

Questions that your conveyancer is likely to ask about your Harpenden Building Society Transfer of Equity

Where you 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 give the name(s) and addresse(s) of those who jointly own the property with you?

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

Please confirm whether you are receiving any payment as part of the Transfer or Equity and from whom and provide details of the amount?

If 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” Form.

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

General Advice to read in in addition to the above Harpenden Building Society transfer of equity Info :

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 Harpenden Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold premises

Should the tenure of your property be leasehold, the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you obtain the consent of the freeholder. If such conditions are not complied with you may be in violation of your covenants under 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 varies based on the valuation 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 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 conveyancer 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 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 should not be regarded as 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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