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Top seven questions relating to Reliance Bank transfer of equity

  • What are my options where I am dissatisfied with the conveyancing solicitor who conducted my transfer of equity conveyancing?
  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving a remortgage with Reliance Bank should I be paying VAT on the following: (1) Land Registry fee on the transfer of equity (2) Pre - completion search fee (3) SDLT E submission on the transfer (4) Bank TT fee
  • I bought a house with my brother six years ago Since then, we have both got married. We are now seeking to do a transfer of equity so my name comes off the Reliance Bank mortgage. There is a 40k difference between the value the mortgage company say and what the property would sell for currently. Can you offer any advice?
  • My ex are seeking to get a conveyancing solicitor lined up for a remortgage with Reliance Bank. Transfer of Equity conveyancing is also neededI have used the different rating based services and the results are from all over England and Wales. Do we need to appoint a conveyancer local to us?
  • I jointly own a property in Friern Barnet , with a Reliance Bank mortgage with my ex partner. He and his fiance are going to acquire my share. We had consent from Reliance Bank to remove my name with hers. The transfer of equity has to be completed by a lawyer for Reliance Bank (supposedly). Can we do the Land Registry change?
  • I am trying to find a lawyer to undertake my transfer of equity. Reliance Bank have been approached for a refinancing. I considered asking my mortgage broker. I am lead to believe he may get a kickback for suggesting someone, but also of benefit will be that he knows the conveyancing solicitor, has dealt with them before. Any flaws you see in this way of thinking?
  • 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 simultaneously with a remortgage via Reliance Bank?

Questions that your conveyancing solicitor may ask in relation to your Reliance Bank Transfer of Equity

Has consent been obtained from Reliance Bank to the proposed transfer of equity?

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

Has one of the registered proprietors died? If so please supply us with a copy of all the relevant documents e.g. the will, death certificate etc..

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

Where you 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?

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

Information to consider in supplemental the above Reliance Bank 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 Reliance Bank conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

If your property is leasehold, the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you obtain the consent of the freeholder. If such terms are not adhered to you may be in violation 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 conveyancer will check with Reliance Bank 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 Reliance Bank 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 Reliance Bank your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Reliance Bank 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 Reliance Bank 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.

Information contained within 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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