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Questions and answers: Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One transfer of equity

  • Will I incur any fees for a Transfer of Equity where the existing mortgage is with Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One?
  • Is it possible to transfer the equity held in my property with my Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One home loan?
  • I intend to refinance my home in Blaenavon changing from Halifax to Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One. The apartment is jointly owned but I would like it to be in my name only when I remortgage. My wife has agreed to this and is willing to transfer equity but neither of us want to incur lawyer charges.
  • What are my options where I am unhappy with the conveyancer who did our transfer of equity conveyancing?
  • At what point do I incur the Stamp Duty Land Tax due for the transfer of equity in my property in my name alone which is taking place at the same time as a switching mortgage with Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One?
  • Having been three years estranged I have made the decision to transfer my share of the apartment to my husband who is refinancing with Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One. Can a transfer of equity be completed in less than 28 days?
  • My dad died early last year leaving a unencumbered semi to me and my step brother 50:50. He has always lived in the property, there was a condition in her will saying the propertycould not be sold for 24 months after her death so he could reside there for a prescribed period. He now wishes to remain in the premises beyond the prescribed 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 usual way to purchase my equity?

Sample of questions in a conveyancing solicitor questionnaire relating to Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One Transfer of Equity

Where you 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 let us know of you wish us to draft you Declaration of Trust. If so are you willing to pay for the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

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

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

Is the transfer of equity subject to a court order? If yes please supply a copy

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

Information to consider in supporting the above Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One 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 Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold premises

If your property is leasehold, the lease may require that you obtain the consent of the landlord. If such restrictions are not strictly observed you may be in violation 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 conveyancer will check with Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One 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 Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One 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 valuation of the property at finalisation of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One 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 Royal Bank of Scotland -Natwest One 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 conveyancer 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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