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Frequently asked questions relating to ITL Mortgages transfer of equity

  • Will I incur any fees for a Transfer of Equity where the current home loan is with ITL Mortgages?
  • My mother passed away last January leaving a unencumbered house to me and my brother equally. He has always lived in the property, there was a provision in the will specifying that the premisescould not be sold for 2 years following her death so he could continue to live there for a while. He now wishes to remain in the property beyond the specified 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 traditional way to acquire my equity?
  • I am disposing of my share of a flat in Hendon to the other co-owners fiance, they are sticking with ITL Mortgages as the the existing lender. We are debating as to who should pay the charges for the transfer of equity. Is this usually split or is one party liable for the fees for?
  • I got my Decree Absolute in 2011. For some reason I never dealt with the transfer ownership from the current 'joint' status to my name alone. I am ready to do that and so is she. Transfer-of-equity is presumably the way forward. ITL Mortgages is happy to transfer the property and loan in my name (financial checks done). Does she need a solicitor?
  • Is stamp duty payable when it comes to an transfer of equity with a mortgage with ITL Mortgages?
  • How do I go about adding or subtracting names (transfer of equity) to or from my ITL Mortgages mortgage account?
  • Have recently split up with my partner of 18 years. I'm now back with my parents again and she wants to remain in the apartment and buy me out. What percentage do I get. Is it half of the equity after paying off the ITL Mortgages home loan? I assume proper valuations are necessary but I would like ensure that I'm getting the best deal

Questions that your conveyancer may ask in relation to your ITL Mortgages Transfer of Equity

Please give the details of anyone who jointly owns the property with you?

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

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

If you are adding a person on to the title deeds how do you wish to hold the property? Please provide your instructions by completing and returning a“Joint Ownership Declaration” Questionnaire.

Please provide the details of anyone to be extracted from the property title?

Has one of the registered proprietors passed away? If so please provide us with a copy of the Death Certificate, Probate and a copy of the Will.

Information to consider in in addition to the above ITL Mortgages transfer of equity Advice :

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 ITL Mortgages 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 have a license to do so from the landlord. If such terms are not adhered to you may be in breach 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 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 ITL Mortgages 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 ITL Mortgages 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 finalisation of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with ITL Mortgages.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a ITL Mortgages 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 ITL Mortgages 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.

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.


Frequently asked questions relating to ITL Mortgages transfer of equity