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Examples of recent questions relating to Metro Bank transfer of equity

  • Will I incur any charges for a Transfer of Equity where the current mortgage is with Metro Bank?
  • I already have a mortgage with Metro Bank and am maintaining my current mortgaging but wish to have have the equity transferred to my sole name so my former husband won't be on it any longer. How long do Metro Bank take to deal with the application?
  • Law month I split up with my wife of 18 years. I'm now back with my mum and dad and she wants to remain in the apartment and buy me out. What portion do I get. Is it half of the equity after paying off the mortgage with Metro Bank? I assume proper valuations are necessary but I really need to be confident that I'm getting the best deal
  • I am under the impression we would need at least AP1 and TR1. Is this true?
  • What is the process for adding or removing names (transfer of equity) to or from my Metro Bank mortgage account?
  • Is it possible to transfer the equity held in my property with my Metro Bank mortgage?
  • How much the typical solicitors fees are for a transfer of equity? I need to transfer equity and refinance - moving over to Metro Bank - and have been quoted Three Hundred pounds including VAT by Metro Bank's appointed conveyancing solicitor, Is this a reasonable price?

Examples of information requested in a conveyancing solicitor form relating to Metro Bank Transfer of Equity

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 the transfer of equity has been formalised?

Have you approached Metro Bank to obtain consent to the Transfer of Equity

We need you to provide the National Insurance Number(s) of all the new owners (required for submission of the Stamp Duty Land Tax Form)

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?

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

General Advice to read in in addition to the above Metro Bank transfer of equity information :

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 Metro Bank 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 have a license to do so from the landlord. If such restrictions are not strictly observed you may be in breach 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 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 lawyer will check with Metro Bank 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 Metro Bank 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 the conclusion of the transfer of equity transaction.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Metro Bank.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Metro Bank 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 Metro Bank 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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Frequently asked questions relating to Metro Bank transfer of equity