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Common questions relating to Leeds Building Society transfer of equity

  • Have recently split up with my wife of 18 years. I'm now living with my mum and dad and she wants to stay in the flat and buy me out. What percentage do I get. Is it 50% of the equity after discharging the mortgage with Leeds Building Society? I assume proper valuations are required but I really need to be sure that I'm getting I am not being taken advantage of
  • 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 remortgaging with Leeds Building Society
  • What should I be budgeting for when it comes to what conveyancing fees are for a transfer of equity? I need to transfer equity and remortgage - moving over to Leeds Building Society - and have been quoted Four Hundred pounds excluding VAT by Leeds Building Society's approved conveyancing solicitor, Have I been over quoted?
  • I already have a home loan with Leeds Building Society and am retaining my current mortgaging but seeking to have it in my name alone so my former wife won't be on it any longer. How long does the whole transfer of equity process take?
  • I am in the market for a trustworthy conveyancing lawyer to assist in a transfer of equity and refinance with Leeds Building Society. I want to avoid being ripped off but with so many conveyancing practices who do transfer of equity conveyancing to choose from...how do I know which is best select?
  • Can I apply to request a further advance from Leeds Building Society as part of a Transfer of Equity?
  • I am in the process of removing a name from a joint mortgage and the Leeds Building Society need me to use a lawyer to carry out the legalities. Can you recommend a reasonably priced Dunnington lawyer to deal with the transfer of equity? They need to be on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel.

Questions that your conveyancer may ask in relation to your Leeds Building Society Transfer of Equity

Where you are going to hold 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 list all persons who occupy the property, their respective ages and relationships to you.

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

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

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.

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

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

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 Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold properties

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 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 lawyer will check with Leeds 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 Leeds 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 transaction.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Leeds Building Society your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Leeds 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 Leeds 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 provided on 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 Leeds Building Society transfer of equity