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Frequently asked questions relating to Skipton Building Society transfer of equity

  • Is it sensible to cancel the direct debit for my mortgage with Skipton Building Society as soon as a date for my remortgage and transfer of equity has been set?
  • Me and my former wife and I are searching for an affordable conveyancing lawyer to assist in a transfer of equity and refinance with Skipton Building Society. I am aware of the chance of getting ripped off but with various conveyancing organisations who do transfer of equity conveyancing out there...who's the best?
  • My friend and I got a joint mortgage with Skipton Building Society on a house about a year ago. I am now looking to get a house by myself and my friend would like to buy me out. Assuming we can agree an amount what are the next steps? Is there likely to be any issue with Skipton Building Society with him being on the hook for the total loan rather than only part of it?
  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving refinance with Skipton Building Society should I be invoiced value added tax on the following: (1) HMLR fee on the transfer of equity (2) Pre - completion search fee (3) SDLT E submission on the transfer (4) Bank TT fee
  • I already have a mortgage with Skipton Building Society and am keeping my existing mortgaging but wish to have have the equity transferred to my sole name so my former wife won't be on it any longer. How long does the whole transfer of equity process take?
  • My father died early last year leaving a mortgage-free semi to me and my brother equally. He has always lived in the premises, there was a provision in her will specifying that the propertycould not be sold for 2 years following her death so he could continue to live there for a prescribed period. He now says he would like to remain in the house beyond the specified period. We have considered a transfer of equity. Would I be right in thinking that we should get a valuation then he'd get a home loan in the usual way to acquire my equity?
  • Skipton Building Society have today agreed I can take over the home loan on the house. I had applied for a transfer of equity but is this a transfer of ownership at HMLR on top?

Sample of questions in a conveyancing solicitor form concerning a Skipton Building Society Transfer of Equity

Please confirm whether this Transfer of Equity is part of any Matrimonial Proceedings? If so, please provide the name, address, telephone number and reference of the Matrimonial Solicitor instructed to act, along with a copy of the sealed Consent or Court Order?

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

Please give the details of anyone to be added to the property title?

Where 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” Questionnaire.

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

Please confirm whether you are receiving any payment as part of the Transfer or Equity and from whom and provide details of the amount?

Information to consider in conjunction with the above Skipton Building Society transfer of equity information :

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 Skipton Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold properties

If your property is leasehold, the lease may require that you obtain the consent of the landlord. If such terms are not adhered to you may be in breach of your covenants under 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 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 conveyancing solicitor will check with Skipton 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 Skipton 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 market value of the property at the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Skipton Building Society your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Skipton Building Society 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 Skipton 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 conveyancing solicitor 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 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 Skipton Building Society transfer of equity