Transferring of equity is what happens when one or more people are added or removed from the title deeds of a property. The value in the house once any outstanding debts or mortgages have been paid off would then go between those named in whichever percentage shares have been detailed should the property be sold. Our specialist conveyancing experts will work on your behalf with your mortgage lender to ensure that you are in receipt of the best rates available at the time of the equity transfer.
Common cases where a transfer of equity may be appropriate include where:
- you own a property in your sole name but want to share ownership with someone else, such as your spouse or civil partner;
- your partner has moved in and agreed to pay half the mortgage in return for a share in the equity;
- you want to transfer some or all of the equity in a property to your children or another relation;
- you and your spouse or partner own a property jointly but you have agreed that your share should be passed to them as part of a financial settlement following divorce or separation;
- a court has ordered you to transfer your equity in a property to someone else, for example a co-owner you owe money to;
- you wish to put property into a trust, or
- you have been advised to make a transfer of equity for wealth protection or tax planning purposes.
At Pengelly & Rylands our team of conveyancing lawyers can assist with the transfer of equity in a range of circumstances.
They will ensure that everything proceeds as time and cost effectively as possible by:
- checking that there is nothing to stop you making a transfer of equity, such as a restriction in a shared ownership arrangement or under your mortgage;
- helping you to obtain any necessary consents where a restriction exists, and in the case of a mortgage restriction referring you to an independent financial advisor to determine whether a re-mortgage might be appropriate;
- advising you on the implications of making a transfer of equity;
- advising you on the costs and fees you will have to pay, including stamp duty land tax where applicable;
- completing the transfer of equity forms; and
- registering the transfer with the Land Registry.
Advising individuals throughout Tenterden, Kent and beyond
We have offices in Tenterden, Chatham, Tonbridge, Maidstone and Gravesend where we can meet you to discuss your requirements.
We can also offer meetings at your home if necessary, and in exceptional circumstances a telephone appointment can be arranged via skype.
The cost of dealing with a transfer of equity will depend on the circumstances, and in particular whether there is a mortgage. We are happy to provide a quotation after discussing your requirements.