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Are you in need of a Transfer of Equity with a The Royal Bank of Scotland plc Direct Line Mortgages mortgage? Failing to check that a lawyer is on the The Royal Bank of Scotland plc Direct Line Mortgages list of approved solicitors can put your transfer at risk of delay or failure. Only LenderPanel.com provides a subset of authorised conveyancers for over 130 lenders.

Frequently asked questions relating to RBS - Direct Line transfer of equity

  • I got divorced in 2011. For some reason I never dealt with the change the ownership from the current 'joint' status to my name alone. I am ready to do that and so is she. Transfer-of-equity is presumably the way forward. RBS - Direct Line is content to transfer the property and loan in my name (affordability checks done). Does my ex need any legal representation?
  • RBS - Direct Line yesterday agreed I can take over the mortgage on my home. I previously applied for a transfer of equity but presumably there is a transfer of ownership at the Land Registry as well?
  • I am filling out a RBS - Direct Line transfer of equity request and have come to the questions regarding debts etc. I do some debts that I have been discharging since 2008, in fact they have long since disappeared from my credit score. Must I set these out?
  • I am disposing of my equity in house in Woodside to the other co-owners husband, they are reapplying to RBS - Direct Line. We are debating as to who should cover the fees for the transfer of equity. Is this normally shared or is one party liable for the costs of?
  • I am trying to find a lawyer to undertake my transfer of equity. RBS - Direct Line are dealing with the refinancing. I considered asking my financial adviser. I am lead to believe he will likely receive a kickback for recommending someone, but also of benefit will be that he knows the lawyer, has a working relationship with them. Any flaws you see in this way of thinking?
  • Is there such a thing a transfer of equity stamp duty calculator?
  • My father passed away early last year leaving a loan-free property to me and my step brother in equal shared. Having continues to reside at the house, there was a provision in the will specifying that the premisescould not be sold for three years after her passing so he could reside there for a prescribed period. He now wants to remain in the premises beyond the specified period. We have considered a transfer of equity. Would I be right in thinking that we should get a valuation then he'd get a home loan in the traditional way to acquire my share?

Questions that your conveyancing solicitor may ask in relation to your RBS - Direct Line 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 give the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone to be added to the property title?

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?

Please give the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone who jointly owns the property with you?

Will there be any payment between the parties for the Transfer of Equity? Where this is the case, please state the amount and who is to receive the same

Please state the names and ages of anyone over the age of 17, other than the owners, who will occupy the property with you

Information to consider in in addition to the above RBS - Direct Line 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 RBS - Direct Line conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

If your property is leasehold, provisions in the lease may require that you obtain the consent of the freeholder. 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 conveyancing solicitor will check with RBS - Direct Line 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 RBS - Direct Line 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 market value of the property at finalisation of the transfer of equity transaction.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with RBS - Direct Line your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a RBS - Direct Line 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 RBS - Direct Line 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.

Content 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.


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