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Top seven questions relating to Topaz Finance transfer of equity

  • Me and my partner co-own a flat in Crabtree . Home loan is with Topaz Finance. I wish to transfer full ownership to him with no passing of money but without using a conveyancer. Do you think this should be simple?
  • When it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing involving a remortgage with Topaz Finance should I be paying VAT 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
  • Is it possible to apply to request a further advance from Topaz Finance as part of a Transfer of Equity?
  • I currently have a joint Topaz Finance mortgage with my step-brother and am investigating the possibility of him assuming responsibility for the whole mortgage and removing myself from it, to enable me to purchase a property with my fiance. The outstanding mortgage is approx 175k, and the property value is approx 600k. Is this a transfer of equity? Is stamp duty due?
  • I am in the process of removing a name from a joint mortgage and the Topaz Finance need me to use a conveyancer to carry out the legalities. Can you recommend a reasonably priced Heathfield conveyancing solicitor to deal with the transfer of equity? They need to be on the Topaz Finance conveyancing panel.
  • My fiance and I have 50:50 shares in a BTL. I am a higher rate tax payer. Ideally I would like to complete a transfer of equity into her name to reduce our tax on rental income. If Topaz Finance 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 deeds would I lose my CGT relief.
  • I am completing a Topaz Finance transfer of equity form and have arrived at the questions regarding debts etc. There are some debts that I have been reducing for a number of years, in fact they no longer remain my credit records. Am I obliged to reveal these?

Information that may be required from your lawyer is likely to ask about your Topaz Finance Transfer of Equity

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?

We need you to supply the National Insurance Number(s) of all the new owners (required for completion of the Stamp Duty Land Tax Form)

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

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

Please let us know of you wish us to draw up a Declaration of Trust. If so are you happy to incur the additional fee (beyond the Transfer of Equity fee)?

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

Caveats to be read in supplemental the above Topaz Finance 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 Topaz Finance 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 have a license to do so from the landlord. If such restrictions are not strictly observed 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 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 Topaz Finance 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 Topaz Finance 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 market value of the property at finalisation of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with Topaz Finance.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Topaz Finance 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 Topaz Finance 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.

Information provided 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.


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