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Are you in need of a Transfer of Equity with a The Royal Bank of Scotland plc One Account mortgage? Failing to check that a lawyer is on the The Royal Bank of Scotland plc One Account 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.

Questions and answers: RBS (One Account) transfer of equity

  • Online reading suggests that solicitors are more expensive than licensed conveyancers when it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing. Am I better of using a conveyancer or a solicitor if I am transferring equity and simultaneously remortgaging with RBS (One Account)
  • I am am in need of a conveyancer to undertake my transfer of equity. RBS (One Account) have been approached for a remortgage. I considered asking my financial adviser. I am lead to believe he may get a referral fee for suggesting a firm, but also of benefit will be that he knows the conveyancing solicitor, has a working relationship with them. Is my logic correct?
  • What if my application doesn't meet RBS (One Account) lending criteria for a transfer of equity?
  • My current home loan is with RBS (One Account). Can I transfer equity to someone who is not yet 18 years old?
  • I currently have a joint RBS (One Account) mortgage with my brother and am investigating the possibility of him assuming responsibility for the outstanding mortgage and subtracting myself from it, to enable me to purchase a property with my fiance. The outstanding mortgage is approx 250k, and the property value is approx 450k. Is this a transfer of equity? Is stamp duty due?
  • I am hoping to remortgage my maisonette in Timperley switching from Accord to RBS (One Account). The flat is jointly owned but I would like it to be in my name only when I remortgage. My husband is OK with this and is willing to sign a form but neither of us want to incur conveyancing solicitor charges.
  • I am filling out a RBS (One Account) transfer of equity request and have arrived at the questions regarding debts etc. There are some debts that I have been paying off for a number of years, I understand that they no longer remain my credit rating. Must I reveal these?

Examples of information requested in a lawyer form concerning a RBS (One Account) Transfer of Equity

Who will be responsible for the costs of the Transfer of Equity?

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

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 details of anyone to be added to the title deeds?

Would you like us to draft you Declaration of Trust. If so are you happy to pay for the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

We need you to provide the National Insurance Number(s) of all the new owners (required for submission of the SDLT Form)

Information to consider in supporting the above RBS (One Account) 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 RBS (One Account) 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 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 the lease. This could trigger 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 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 lawyer will check with RBS (One Account) 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 (One Account) 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 the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with RBS (One Account) your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a RBS (One Account) 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 (One Account) 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 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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