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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.

Top seven questions relating to RBS - Direct Line transfer of equity

  • Online reading suggests that solicitors are more expensive than licensed conveyancers for transfer of equity conveyancing. So is it better if I use a conveyancer or a solicitor where I am transferring equity and at the same time remortgaging with RBS - Direct Line
  • How and when do I cover the costs of the Stamp Duty Land Tax chargeable for the transfer of equity in my home in my name alone which is happening at the same time as a refinancing via RBS - Direct Line?
  • Is it sensible to stop the direct debit for my mortgage with RBS - Direct Line once a date for my remortgage and transfer of equity has been agreed?
  • I am hoping to remortgage my maisonette in Timperley changing from Barnsley BS to RBS - Direct Line. The home is currently in joint names but wish for it to be in my name only once I switch. My wife is OK with this and is happy to transfer equity but neither of us want to get a second lawyer involved.
  • I acquired a house with my cousin in 2008 Since buying the property, we have both got married. We are now intending to do a transfer of equity so my name is taken off the RBS - Direct Line mortgage. There is a 30k difference between the value the bank hold and what the property would sell for currently. Can you offer any advice?
  • What legal advice do I need when doing a transfer of equity where the mortgage is to remain with RBS - Direct Line?
  • I am trying to find a conveyancer to deal with my transfer of equity. RBS - Direct Line have been approached for a remortgage. I thought of asking my mortgage broker. I understand he may get a referral fee for suggesting someone, but also of benefit will be that he knows the conveyancing solicitor, has a working relationship with them. Is my logic flawed?

Sample of information requested in a conveyancer questionnaire concerning a RBS - Direct Line Transfer of Equity

Please confirm the person to be removed from the title deeds will not reside at the property after the transfer of equity has been completed?

Please give the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone to be removed from the title deeds?

Please provide the details of anyone to be added to the property title?

Would you like us to draft you Declaration of Trust. If so are you willing to incur the further fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

Can you provide the details of anyone who jointly owns the property with you?

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?

Caveats to be read in supplemental the above RBS - Direct Line transfer of equity information :

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 RBS - Direct Line 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 have a requirement for notices to be served and that you have a license to do so from the landlord. If such conditions are not complied with 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 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 lawyer 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.

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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