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  • My ex-partner and I are searching for a responsive conveyancing solicitor to help me sell in a transfer of equity and refinance with RBS - Virgin One. I really don't want to get ripped off and there are so many conveyancing firms who do transfer of equity conveyancing out there...how do I know which one to select?
  • My partner and myself equally own a buy to let. I am a top rate tax payer. Ideally I wish to do a transfer of equity into her name in order mitigate tax on the letting income. If RBS - Virgin One are fine with this the legal fees are not prohibitive. What are the implications when we dispose of the property? As I would no longer be on the deeds am I giving up my CGT relief.
  • Online reading suggests that solicitors are more expensive than conveyancers when it comes to transfer of equity conveyancing. So is it better if I use a conveyancer or a solicitor where I am transferring equity and at the same time switching mortgage with RBS - Virgin One
  • My mother passed away last January leaving a unencumbered house to me and my half brother 50:50. He has always lived in the property, there was a provision in her will saying the premisescould not be sold for 24 months following her passing so he could remain there for a specified time frame. He now says he would like to remain in the premises beyond the specified period. We have considered a transfer of equity. Would I be right in thinking that we'd get a valuation then he'd get a mortgage in the usual way to purchase my half from me?
  • I purchased a house with a friend 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 is removed the RBS - Virgin One mortgage. There is a 40k difference between the 'rightmove estimate' and what the property would sell for currently. Can you offer any advice?
  • I got my Decree Absolute three years ago. Foolishly I never dealt with the transfer ownership from both our names to just in my name. I am ready to do that and so is she. Transfer-of-equity is needed. RBS - Virgin One is content to transfer the property and loan in my name (affordability checks done). Does she need any legal representation?
  • My current home loan is with RBS - Virgin One. Can I transfer equity to someone under eighteen years old?

Sample of information requested in a conveyancing solicitor questionnaire concerning a RBS - Virgin One Transfer of Equity

Please confirm the person to be removed from the title deeds will not reside at the property after the transfer of equity has been formalised?

Please give the name(s) and addresse(s) of anyone who jointly owns the premises with you?

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

If you are adding someone on to the property how do you wish to hold the property? Please provide your instructions by completing and returning a“Joint Ownership Declaration” Form.

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

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

Caveats to be read in in addition to the above RBS - Virgin One transfer of equity Questions and Answers :

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 RBS - Virgin One 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 conditions are not complied with you may be in violation of your covenants under 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 RBS - Virgin One 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 RBS - Virgin One 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 the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage with RBS - Virgin One.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a RBS - Virgin One 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 RBS - Virgin One 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.

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