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Frequently asked questions relating to The Mortgage Works transfer of equity

  • Last year purchased a house without my partner's name on the title documents. My conveyancer said it is due to the fact that she is not in the mortgage with The Mortgage Works. Is it possible for me to add her name on the title?
  • I am disposing of my share of a apartment in Hendon to my co-owners husband, they are sticking with The Mortgage Works as the the existing mortgage company. We are debating as to who should pay the costs of the transfer of equity. Should this be split or is one party obliged to cover the fees for?
  • Will I incur any charges for a Transfer of Equity where the existing mortgage is with The Mortgage Works?
  • I already have a home loan with The Mortgage Works and am maintaining my current mortgaging but wish to have it in my name alone so my former partner will come off the mortgage. How long does the whole transfer of equity process take?
  • I got divorced three years ago. For some reason I never got around to transfer ownership from the current 'joint' status to my name alone. I am ready to do that and so is she. Transfer-of-equity is needed. The Mortgage Works is willing to transfer the property and loan in my name (affordability checks done). Does she need a lawyer?
  • Can I apply to request a further advance from The Mortgage Works as part of a Transfer of Equity?
  • My mother passed away early last year leaving a loan-free semi to me and my half brother equally. Having continues to reside at the premises, there was a clause in the will saying the housecould not be sold for 24 months after her death so he could remain there for a prescribed period. He now says he would like to remain in the property beyond the specified period. We have discussed 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 traditional way to acquire my share?

Sample of information requested in a conveyancer questionnaire concerning a The Mortgage Works Transfer of Equity

Please give the details of anyone to be extracted from the property title?

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

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

Where you are intent on holding the property as beneficial Tenants in Common in unequal shares, what is the split to be. For e.g. 50-50, or 60-40?

Is it the case that one of the registered owners died? If so please provide us with a copy of all the relevant documents e.g. the will, death certificate etc..

Information to consider in in addition to the above The Mortgage Works 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 The Mortgage Works conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

If your property is leasehold, provisions in the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you obtain the consent of the landlord. If such conditions are not strictly observed 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 conveyancer will check with The Mortgage Works 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 The Mortgage Works 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 The Mortgage Works your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a The Mortgage Works Mortgage

When it comes to preparing the the Land Registry documents your lawyer should in the ‘consideration’ panel choose the first option, if consideration is given; otherwise ignore the consideration panel altogether.

If The Mortgage Works 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 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 The Mortgage Works transfer of equity