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Questions and answers: National Westminster Bank transfer of equity

  • Is it sensible to cancel my mortgage payments with National Westminster Bank as soon as a date for my remortgage and transfer of equity has been agreed?
  • My divorce is through as is the consent order. Now I have to sort out the transfer of equity on title deeds and the National Westminster Bank home loan. I have contacted National Westminster Bank for the transfer of equity application. What do I do now?
  • Is it possible to apply to borrow a further advance from National Westminster Bank as part of a Transfer of Equity?
  • My mother passed away half a year ago leaving a loan-free semi to me and my brother equally. Having continues to reside at the property, there was a condition in the will specifying that the housecould not be sold for 2 years following her passing so he could continue to live there for a prescribed period. He now wants to remain in the property beyond the specified period. We have considered a transfer of equity. Would I be right in thinking that we'd get a valuation then he'd get a home loan in the conventional way to buy my half from me?
  • My wife and myself equally own a BTL. I am a top rate tax payer. Ideally I wish to do a transfer of equity to her sole name to mitigate tax on the letting income. If National Westminster Bank are fine with this the legal fees are inexpensive. What are the implications when we sell? As I would no longer be on the title documents am I giving up my CGT relief.
  • Will I incur any charges for a Transfer of Equity where the current mortgage is with National Westminster Bank?
  • Have recently separated from my ex of thirty years. I'm now back with my parents again and she wants to stay in the flat and buy me out. What percentage am I entitled to. Is it 50% of the equity after discharging the National Westminster Bank home loan? I assume proper valuations are required but I would like to be confident that I'm getting I am not being taken advantage of

Sample of questions in a conveyancing solicitor questionnaire concerning a National Westminster Bank Transfer of Equity

Please let us know where you are providing any payment for the Transfer of Equity and to whom and notify us the amount?

Would you like us to prepare Declaration of Trust. If so are you happy to incur the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

Have you approached National Westminster Bank to seek consent to the Transfer of Equity

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

Who will be responsible for the costs of the 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?

Important warnings to consider in conjunction with the above National Westminster Bank transfer of equity Questions and Answers :

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 National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

Should the tenure of your property be leasehold, the lease may require that you obtain the consent of the freeholder. 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 National Westminster 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 National Westminster 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.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with National Westminster Bank your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a National Westminster 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 National Westminster 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 conveyancing solicitor 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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