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Recently asked questions relating to Legal & General Home Finance transfer of equity

  • My wife and I equally own a BTL. I am a higher rate tax payer. Ideally I wish to do a transfer of equity into her name with a view to mitigate tax on the letting income. Assuming Legal & General Home Finance 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 would I lose my CGT relief.
  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving a remortgage with Legal & General Home Finance should I be charged value added tax on the following: (1) Land Registry fee on the transfer of equity (2) Pre - completion search fee (3) SDLT E submission on the transfer (4) Bank TT fee
  • I am filling out a Legal & General Home Finance transfer of equity request and have arrived at the part that asks about defaults etc. I do some debts that I have been discharging over a long period, in fact they no longer remain my credit rating. Do I need to set these out?
  • I am am in need of a lawyer to undertake my transfer of equity. Legal & General Home Finance are dealing with the remortgage. I considered asking my mortgage broker. I understand he will likely receive a referral fee for recommending someone, but also of benefit will be that he knows the lawyer, has dealt with them before. Any flaws you see in this way of thinking?
  • What legal advice do I need when doing a transfer of equity where the mortgage is to remain with Legal & General Home Finance?
  • My father died half a year ago leaving a loan-free bungalow to me and my step brother equally. Having continues to reside at the property, there was a condition in the will saying the propertycould not be sold for 2 years after her passing so he could reside there for a specified time frame. He now wishes to remain in the house beyond the prescribed period. We have discussed 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 purchase my equity?
  • Online reading suggests that solicitors are more expensive than licensed conveyancers when it comes to 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 Legal & General Home Finance

Questions that your lawyer may ask about your Legal & General Home Finance Transfer of Equity

Please list all persons who occupy the property, their respective ages and relationships to you.

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” Questionnaire.

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

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

Have you approached Legal & General Home Finance to seek consent to the Transfer of Equity

Information to consider in supplemental the above Legal & General Home Finance 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 Legal & General Home Finance 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 obtain the consent of the landlord. If such conditions are not strictly observed 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 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 conveyancer will check with Legal & General Home Finance 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 Legal & General Home Finance 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 conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Legal & General Home Finance your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Legal & General Home Finance 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 Legal & General Home Finance 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 provided on this webpage is for general information and only applies to England and Wales. It does not constitute 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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