There are different circumstances where a transfer of equity would be required.
Transfers of Equity can take place subject to an existing mortgage on the property only with the Lender’s consent. Lenders have different requirements for this but all will require that an administration fee is paid to them before consent can be given.
We advise that if you wish to transfer a property, contact the Lender and ascertain their requirements in this regard before proceeding with the transaction. Obtaining the Lender’s consent at the earliest possible opportunity will ensure the fastest possible timescale is achieved.
Transfers of Equity can also take place at the same time as you are remortgaging the property. In this situation no Lender consent is required. It is crucial to ensure that the new mortgage application is completed by the intended owners of the property once the Transfer has taken place and not the current owners, e.g. if the property is currently held by a sole owner and the intention is to transfer to joint owners then the mortgage application should be made by both joint owners.
It is a common misconception amongst clients that Transfers of Equity do not attract stamp duty but this is not correct. Any Transfer of land has the possibility of incurring stamp duty and we would strongly advise that you check with us as to the stamp duty situation at the outset.
If you are thinking about making a transfer of equity, talk to our residential property experts based in our Harpenden, Hertfordshire office.
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