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Examples of recent questions relating to Secure Trust Bank transfer of equity

  • My current home loan is with Secure Trust Bank. Can I transfer equity to someone who is not yet 18 years old?
  • Will I have to pay any fees for a Transfer of Equity where the current home loan is with Secure Trust Bank?
  • Secure Trust Bank have just agreed I can take over the mortgage on my home. I previously applied for a transfer of equity but presumably there is a transfer of ownership of the house in addition?
  • As things stand I have a joint Secure Trust Bank mortgage with my brother and am looking into the feasibility of him taking on the whole mortgage and extracting myself from it, to enable me to buy a place with my soon-to-be-wife. The outstanding mortgage is about 250k, and the property value is approx 500k. Is this a transfer of equity? Is stamp duty due?
  • I acquired a property with my cousin five.seven years ago Since buying the property, we have both got married. We are now intending to do a transfer of equity so my name comes off the Secure Trust Bank mortgage. There is a 30k difference between the 'rightmove estimate' and what the property would sell for currently. Can you offer any advice?
  • My fiance and myself have 50:50 shares in a BTL. I am a top rate tax payer. Preferably I would like to complete a transfer of equity into her name to mitigate tax on the letting income. If Secure Trust Bank are fine with this the legal fees are inexpensive. However what happens when we dispose of the property? As I would no longer be on the title documents am I giving up my CGT relief.
  • In 2013 I bought a flat without my partner's name on the deeds. My lawyer advised it is due to the fact that she was not in the loan offer with Secure Trust Bank. I'm wondering is there any way that I can add her name on the documents at HMLR?

Examples of questions in a conveyancing solicitor form relating to Secure Trust Bank Transfer of Equity

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

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

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

Please clarify if you are providing any payment for the Transfer of Equity and to whom and specify the amount?

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

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

General Advice to read in conjunction with the above Secure Trust Bank transfer of equity Advice :

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 Secure Trust Bank 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 freeholder. If such conditions are not complied with you may be in breach of the lease. This could potentially result in 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 conveyancing solicitor will check with Secure Trust 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 Secure Trust 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 varies based on the valuation of the property at the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Secure Trust Bank.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Secure Trust Bank 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 Secure Trust 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.

Content on this webpage is for general information and only applies to England and Wales. It does not constitute 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 Secure Trust Bank transfer of equity