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Top seven questions relating to Scottish Building Society transfer of equity

  • The financial adviser has suggested using their conveyancer for our Transfer of Equity plus remortgage with Scottish Building Society - Is it not simpler easier to just use them?
  • I am in the process of removing a name from a joint mortgage and the Scottish Building Society require me to use a conveyancer to carry out the paperwork. Can you recommend a reasonably priced Miles Platting conveyancing solicitor to deal with the transfer of equity? They need to be on the Scottish Building Society conveyancing panel.
  • I am transferring my share of a apartment in Hendon to the other co-owners fiance, they are sticking with Scottish Building Society being the the existing mortgage company. We are in heated discussion as to who should pay the fees for the transfer of equity. Should this be split or is one of us obliged to cover the costs of?
  • I am considering refinancing my apartment in Dunnington does my lawyer need to be on the Scottish Building Society Conveyancing panel. The conveyancing also involves a transfer of equity.
  • I am looking for a conveyancing solicitor to handle my transfer of equity. Scottish Building Society are dealing with the refinancing. I considered asking my financial adviser. I understand he may receive a kickback for suggesting someone, but also of benefit will be that he knows the lawyer, has dealt with them before. Is my logic flawed?
  • At what point 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 taking place at the same time as a switching mortgage with Scottish Building Society?
  • How do I go about adding or removing names (transfer of equity) to or from my Scottish Building Society mortgage account?

Examples of information requested in a conveyancing solicitor form relating to Scottish Building Society Transfer of Equity

Please provide the details of anyone to be removed from the title deeds?

If you are adding someone on to the property how do you wish to hold the property? Please provide your instructions by completing and returning a“Joint Ownership Declaration” Questionnaire.

We need you to supply the National Insurance Number(s) of all the new owners (required for completion of the Stamp Duty Land Tax Form)

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

Please let us know of you wish us to prepare Declaration of Trust. If so are you willing to incur the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

Please list all persons who occupy the property, their respective ages and relationships to you.

Caveats to be read in conjunction with the above Scottish Building Society transfer of equity Advice :

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 Scottish Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold premises

Should the tenure of your property be leasehold, provisions in the lease may require that you obtain the consent of the freeholder. If such conditions are not strictly observed 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 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 Scottish Building Society 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 Scottish Building Society 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 transaction.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Scottish Building Society.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Scottish Building Society 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 Scottish Building Society 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 Scottish Building Society transfer of equity