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Common questions relating to Teachers Building Society transfer of equity

  • What are my options where I am not happy with the lawyer who handled our transfer of equity conveyancing?
  • My current home loan is with Teachers Building Society. Can I transfer equity to someone under eighteen years old?
  • My mother died early last year leaving a unencumbered semi to me and my brother in equal shared. He has always lived in the premises, there was a provision in the will saying the premisescould not be sold for 24 months after her death so he could reside there for a specified time frame. He now wants to remain in the premises beyond the prescribed 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 mortgage in the usual way to acquire my share?
  • I am trying to find a conveyancer to handle my transfer of equity. Teachers Building Society have been approached for a remortgage. I considered asking my financial adviser. I am lead to believe he will likely get a referral fee for suggesting someone, but also of benefit will be that he knows the conveyancer, has dealt with them before. Any flaws you see in this way of thinking?
  • How and when do I pay stamp duty chargeable for the transfer of equity in my house in my name alone which is taking place at the same time as a remortgage with Teachers Building Society?
  • Can I apply to borrow more money from Teachers Building Society as part of a Transfer of Equity?
  • Online research 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 at the same time refinancing with Teachers Building Society

Questions that your lawyer could ask regarding your Teachers Building Society Transfer of Equity

Please give the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone to be added to the property title?

Please provide the name(s) and addresse(s) of those who jointly own the premises with you?

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

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

Has consent been obtained from Teachers Building Society to the proposed transfer of equity?

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

Caveats to be read in supporting the above Teachers Building Society transfer of equity information :

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 Teachers Building Society conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold properties

If your property is leasehold, provisions in 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 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 conveyancing solicitor will check with Teachers 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 Teachers 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 Teachers Building Society.

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