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Questions and answers: Virgin transfer of equity

  • Is stamp duty payable when it comes to an transfer of equity with a mortgage with Virgin?
  • My ex-wife and I are in the market for a trustworthy conveyancing solicitor to assist in a transfer of equity and remortgage with Virgin. I I am concerned about appointing the wrong one and there's many conveyancing practices who do transfer of equity conveyancing to choose from...who's the best?
  • My wife and I equally own a buy to let. I am a higher rate tax payer. Preferably I would like to do a transfer of equity to her sole name with a view to reduce our tax on rental income. Assuming Virgin are fine with this the legal fees are inexpensive. What are the implications when we dispose of the property? As I would no longer be on the title documents would I lose my CGT relief.
  • My decree absolute is through as is the consent order. Now I need to address the transfer of equity on title deeds and the Virgin mortgage. I have contacted Virgin for the transfer of equity application. What are my next steps?
  • 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 need to be transferring equity and at the same time switching mortgage with Virgin
  • I already have a home loan with Virgin and am keeping my existing mortgaging but wish to have it in my name only so my ex will be removed from the deeds. How long does the whole transfer of equity process take?
  • Taking into account that we have been 5 years apart I have opted to transfer my share of our apartment to my husband who is refinancing with Virgin. Could this transfer of equity be completed in 28 days?

Examples of information requested in a conveyancing solicitor questionnaire concerning a Virgin Transfer of Equity

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

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

If are going to hold the property as beneficial Tenants in Common in unequal shares, what is the split to be. For e.g. 50-50, or 60-40?

Can you provide the details of anyone who jointly owns the premises with you?

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

Will there be any payment between the parties for the Transfer of Equity? Where this is the case, please state the amount and who is to receive the same

General Advice to read in supplemental the above Virgin 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 Virgin conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

If your property is leasehold, 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 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 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 lawyer will check with Virgin 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 Virgin 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 conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Virgin your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Virgin 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 Virgin 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.

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Frequently asked questions relating to Virgin transfer of equity