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Questions and answers: Norwich and Peterborough Building Society transfer of equity

  • How and when do I cover the costs of the Stamp Duty Land Tax payable for the transfer of equity in my property in my sole name which is taking place simultaneously with a switching mortgage with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society?
  • Been looking at consumer forums that solicitors are more expensive than licensed conveyancers for transfer of equity conveyancing. Am I better of using a conveyancer or a solicitor if I am transferring equity and simultaneously refinancing with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society
  • I own a flat in Blaenavon , with a Norwich and Peterborough Building Society loan with my ex husband. He and his new partner are going to acquire my share. We had the go ahead from Norwich and Peterborough Building Society to remove my name with hers. The transfer of equity has to be done by a lawyer for Norwich and Peterborough Building Society (apparently). In order to save fees can I do the Land Registry formalities?
  • Me and my partner co-own a house in Witham . Home loan is with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. I want to transfer full ownership to him with no payment of money but without using a conveyancing solicitor. Do you think this should be easy to so?
  • What if my application doesn't meet Norwich and Peterborough Building Society lending criteria for a transfer of equity?
  • I recently bought a flat without my wife's name on the title documents. My lawyer claimed it is due to the fact that she is not in the loan offer with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. I'm wondering is there any way that I can add her name on the deeds?
  • Our financial adviser has suggested using their conveyancing solicitor for the Transfer of Equity plus remortgage with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society - Surely it’s advisable to just instruct them?

Questions that your conveyancer could ask regarding your Norwich and Peterborough Building Society 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 Norwich and Peterborough Building Society to obtain consent to the Transfer of Equity

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 provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

Is it the case that one of the registered owners passed away? If so please provide us with a copy of all the relevant documents e.g. the will, death certificate etc..

Who will be responsible for the costs of the Transfer of Equity?

Caveats to be read in conjunction with the above Norwich and Peterborough Building Society 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 Norwich and Peterborough Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold properties

If your property is leasehold, the lease may require that you obtain the consent of the landlord. If such conditions are not strictly observed you may be in breach of the lease. This could trigger 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 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 Norwich and Peterborough 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 Norwich and Peterborough 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 varies based on the valuation of the property at the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Norwich and Peterborough Building Society Mortgage

When it comes to preparing the the Land Registry documents your conveyancing solicitor should in the ‘consideration’ panel choose the first option, if consideration is given; otherwise ignore the consideration panel altogether.

If Norwich and Peterborough 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 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 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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