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Are you in need of a Transfer of Equity with a Virgin Money plc mortgage? Failing to check that a lawyer is on the Virgin Money plc list of approved solicitors can put your transfer at risk of delay or failure. Only LenderPanel.com provides a subset of authorised conveyancers for over 130 lenders.

Sample questions relating to Virgin transfer of equity

  • I acquired a flat with my cousin six years ago Since purchasing the property, we have both got married. We are now seeking to do a transfer of equity so my name is taken off the Virgin mortgage. There is a 40k difference between the value the mortgage company hold and what the property would sell for currently. Can you offer any advice?
  • My former husband are seeking to get a lawyer in place for a refinance with Virgin. Transfer of Equity conveyancing is also necessaryI have used the different comparison based services and the results are from all over the country. How necessary is it to appoint a conveyancing solicitor local to us?
  • I got divorced in 2010. Foolishly I never got around to transfer ownership from the current 'joint' status to just in my name. I am ready to do that and so is she. Transfer-of-equity is presumably the way forward. Virgin is willing to transfer the full equity in my name (financial checks done). Does my ex need a conveyancer?
  • Virgin have just agreed I can take over the home loan on the house. I had applied for a transfer of equity but presumably there is a transfer of ownership of the house as well?
  • My father died half a year ago leaving a unencumbered bungalow to me and my brother 50:50. Having continues to reside at the house, there was a provision in her will specifying that the premisescould not be sold for three years after her death so he could reside there for a while. He now wishes to remain in the premises beyond the specified period. We have discussed a transfer of equity. Am I right in saying we should get a valuation then he'd get a mortgage in the conventional way to buy my half from me?
  • I am in the process of mortgaging my property in Timperley does my lawyer have to be on the Virgin Conveyancing panel. The conveyancing also involves a transfer of equity.
  • My decree absolute is through as is the consent order. Now I must address the transfer of equity on title deeds and the Virgin home loan. I have called Virgin for the transfer of equity forms. What happens next?

Sample of information requested in a conveyancing solicitor form concerning a Virgin Transfer of Equity

Please clarify where you are providing any payment for the Transfer of Equity and to whom and disclose the amount?

Would you like us to draft you Declaration of Trust. If so are you willing to pay for 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 provide details of the amount?

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 to be added to the property title?

Has one of the registered proprietors passed away? If so please supply us with a copy of the Death Certificate, Probate and a copy of the Will.

Important warnings to consider in supplemental the above Virgin 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 Virgin conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold premises

If your property is leasehold, the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and 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 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 conveyancer 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 is dependent on the valuation of the property at finalisation 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 lawyer 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 Virgin transfer of equity