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Common questions relating to RBS - Direct Line transfer of equity

  • My brother and I got a joint mortgage with RBS - Direct Line on a flat a couple of years ago. I am now thinking of buying a apartment on my own and my friend would like to buy me out. Once we have agreed a price where do we go? Would there be any potential concerns with RBS - Direct Line with him being responsible for the total mortgage as opposed to only half of it?
  • I am trying to find a conveyancing solicitor to handle my transfer of equity. RBS - Direct Line have been approached for a remortgage. I thought of asking my financial adviser. I am lead to believe he may receive a referral fee for recommending a firm, but also of benefit will be that he knows the lawyer, has a working relationship with them. Is my logic flawed?
  • What do I do if I am not happy with the lawyer who undertook my transfer of equity conveyancing?
  • Been reviewing consumer forums that solicitors are more expensive than conveyancers for transfer of equity conveyancing. Am I better of using a conveyancer or a solicitor where I need to be transferring equity and at the same time switching mortgage with RBS - Direct Line
  • Do I need legal representation when doing a transfer of equity where the home loan is to remain with RBS - Direct Line?
  • I am in the process of refinancing my house in Dunnington does my lawyer need to be on the RBS - Direct Line Conveyancing panel. The conveyancing also involves a transfer of equity.
  • I am in the process of removing a name from a joint mortgage and the RBS - Direct Line need me to use a lawyer to carry out the paperwork. Can you recommend a reasonably priced Crabtree lawyer to deal with the transfer of equity? They need to be on the RBS - Direct Line conveyancing panel.

Information that may be required from your conveyancing solicitor may ask about your RBS - Direct Line Transfer of Equity

Please give the details of those who jointly own the property with you?

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

Is there to be any payment between the parties for the Transfer of Equity? If so, please state the amount and who is to receive what sums

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

If are going to hold 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 list all persons who occupy the property, their respective ages and relationships to you.

Information to consider in conjunction with the above RBS - Direct Line 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 RBS - Direct Line 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 have a license to do so from the freeholder. If such terms are not adhered to 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 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 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 is dependent 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 conveyancing solicitor 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 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 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.


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