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Frequently asked questions relating to Scottish Widows transfer of equity

  • What is the process for adding or removing names (transfer of equity) to or from my Scottish Widows mortgage account?
  • Online reading suggests that solicitors are more expensive than conveyancers when it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing. So is it better if I use a conveyancer or a solicitor if I need to be transferring equity and at the same time remortgaging with Scottish Widows
  • I plan to refinance my apartment in Sedgefield switching from Barnsley BS to Scottish Widows. The flat is jointly owned but propose for it to be in my sole name as and when I switch. My former partner has agreed to this and is happy to sign a form but neither of us want to incur lawyer fees.
  • I got my Decree Absolute in 2012. For some reason I never dealt with the change the ownership from the current 'joint' status to my name alone. I now plan to deal with it and there are no objections. Transfer-of-equity is needed. Scottish Widows is willing to transfer the property and loan in my name (affordability checks done). Does she need a solicitor?
  • My mother passed away half a year ago leaving a unencumbered property to me and my half brother equally. Having continues to reside at the property, there was a condition in her will specifying that the housecould not be sold for three years following her passing so he could remain there for a while. He now wants to remain in the property beyond the specified period. We have considered a transfer of equity. Am I right in saying we should get a valuation then he'd get a home loan in the traditional way to buy my half from me?
  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving refinance with Scottish Widows should I be invoiced value added tax 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 flat with my brother five.seven years ago Since then, we have both got married. We are now looking to do a transfer of equity so my name is taken off the Scottish Widows mortgage. There is a 30k difference between the value the mortgage company hold and what the property would sell for currently. Can you offer any advice?

Examples of questions in a lawyer questionnaire relating to Scottish Widows Transfer of Equity

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

If you are adding a person on to the property how would you like to hold the property? Please provide your instructions by completing and returning a“Joint Ownership Declaration” Form.

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

Please confirm the person to be removed from the title deeds will not reside at the property after completion of the Transfer of Equity?

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

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

Information to consider in further to the above Scottish Widows 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 Widows conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

If your property is leasehold, provisions in the lease may require that you obtain the consent of the landlord. If such restrictions are not strictly observed you may be in breach of your covenants under 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 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 conveyancing solicitor will check with Scottish Widows 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 Widows 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 varies based on the valuation of the property at the time of completion of the transfer of equity transaction.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Scottish Widows your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Scottish Widows 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 Widows 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.

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.


Frequently asked questions relating to Scottish Widows transfer of equity