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Questions and answers: Whistletree transfer of equity

  • I understand we would need at least AP1 and Transfer Deed. Is this true?
  • Taking into account that we have been four years estranged I have opted to give up my share of the former home to my husband who is refinancing with Whistletree. Can a transfer of equity be completed inside 28 days?
  • My current mortgage is with Whistletree. Can I transfer equity to someone who is not yet 18 years old?
  • I currently have a joint Whistletree mortgage with my cousin and am looking into the possibility of him taking on the whole mortgage and extracting myself from it, so as to enable me to buy a property with my fiance. The remaining mortgage is about 175k, and the property value is approx 450k. Is this a transfer of equity? Is stamp duty payable?
  • My father died last May leaving a mortgage-free semi to me and my step brother 50:50. He has always lived in the premises, there was a clause in her will saying the propertycould not be sold for 2 years following her death so he could remain there for a specified time frame. He now wants to remain in the property 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 buy my half from me?
  • What are my options where I am not happy with the conveyancer who conducted our transfer of equity conveyancing?
  • I am trying to find a conveyancer to handle my transfer of equity. Whistletree have been approached for a refinancing. I thought of asking my mortgage broker. I am lead to believe he will likely receive a referral fee for recommending a firm, but also of benefit will be that he knows the conveyancing solicitor, has a working relationship with them. Any flaws you see in this way of thinking?

Examples of questions in a lawyer questionnaire relating to Whistletree Transfer of Equity

Please inform us where you are making any payment for the Transfer of Equity and to whom and specify the amount?

Please provide a copy of your National Insurance Number?

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

If you are adding a person on to the title deeds how would you like to hold the property? Please provide your instructions by completing and returning a“Joint Ownership Declaration” Form.

Please state the names and ages of anyone over the age of 17, other than the owners, who will occupy the property with you

Can you give the details of anyone who jointly owns the property with you?

General Advice to read in in addition to the above Whistletree transfer of equity Questions and Answers :

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 Whistletree conveyancing panel and accountant before transferring equity.

Transfer of Equity Conveyancing for Leasehold titles

If your property is leasehold, the lease may have a requirement for notices to be served and that you have a license to do so from the landlord. If such terms are not adhered to you may be in breach of your covenants under the lease. This could trigger 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 lawyer will check with Whistletree 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 Whistletree 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 market value of the property at the conclusion of the transfer of equity conveyancing.
If you do not keep up the payments on your mortgage with Whistletree your property may be repossessed.

Preparing the Transfer of Equity with a Whistletree 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 Whistletree 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.

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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