Transfer of Equity
After you have purchased a property, a time may come where you want to alter who is named on the title deeds. This may be adding someone on, taking someone off, or adjusting the percentage of the property that each person owns. This process of changing names is called a ‘Transfer of Equity’.
There are several steps involved in a Transfer of Equity. If there is a mortgage on your property, then you will first need to speak to your mortgage lender and get their consent for the Transfer. They will speak to you about your financial circumstances and then issue you with a Letter of Consent (if you are keeping your existing mortgage) or a Mortgage Offer (if you are taking out a new mortgage). Remember that the same people named on the property also need to be named on the mortgage, so take this into account when planning your transfer.
If you wish to add someone on to the deeds, then a single solicitor can take care of the whole process for you both from start to finish.
If someone is to be removed from the property however, then it is important to keep in mind that they will require their own, separate legal representation at a different firm of Solicitors.
Once you have got consent from your lender and have instructed a Solicitor, the process can begin:
1) Locate the Title Deeds and Contact the Land Registry
We will first need to obtain the Title Deeds for your property. If you don’t have these yourself, it is common for deeds to be held by your Mortgage Lender, or the Solicitors who acted for you when you first purchased your property. We will contact whoever holds these and request that they be sent to us for review.
We will also contact the Government Land Registry in order to get up-to-date records of the people currently named on the deeds, and what shares of the property they own.
2) Speak to your Mortgage Lender
We will need to speak to your mortgage lender in order to obtain their consent for the transfer. We will also ask them for a redemption figure for your current mortgage. Many lenders are happy for the transfer to take place with an insurance policy in lieu of a full set of property searches, however some do require new searches to be undertaken. We will speak to them to clarify their position at this stage, and advise you accordingly.
3) Prepare the Transfer Documentation
We will now prepare all the various pieces of legal documentation for both the transfer and the mortgage. Once the documentation is ready, we will arrange an appointment for you to attend the office to go over the paperwork with the solicitor and sign everything. If a party is being removed from the deeds, this is the point where we will contact their solicitor and send them the relevant paperwork for their side of the transfer.
4) Deal with Monies
Once we have signed paperwork from everyone involved in the Transfer, we can then contact your Mortgage Lender to secure the revised mortgage, under the new names. If you have taken out a new mortgage, we will draw the funds to pay off the previous mortgage and then pass any additional funds over to you.
If any money is to be paid to any individuals as part of the transfer (if a person is being ‘bought out’ of the property, for example), we will also arrange for these funds to be sent to them.
5) Finalise with the Land Registry
With the paperwork signed and the mortgage in place, we will contact the Land Registry to update their records with the names of everyone on the deeds and details of the mortgage. Once the registration is confirmed, the Transfer of Equity is complete, and the legal owners of the property have officially been updated.
If you have any queries regarding a Transfer or Equity, we're here to help.