Transfer of Equity Conveyancing - Aviva Equity Release Panel Requirements

The content on this web-page intends to assist England and Wales conveyancing practitioners carrying out Transfer of Equity conveyancing who are on the Aviva Equity Release solicitor panel. It is not intended as an alternative to reviewing Aviva Equity Release Part-2 instructions


As a conveyancer you must approve the transfer (which should be in the Land Registry's standard form) and, if Aviva Equity Release require, the deed of covenant on their behalf. See below to see if Aviva Equity Release have standard forms of transfer and deed of covenant

Does Aviva Equity Release have a standard form of transfer of equity /deed of covenant?

No.

When drafting or approving a transfer of equity, you should bear in mind that:

  • although the transfer should state that it is subject to the mortgage (identified by date and parties), it need give no details of the terms of the mortgage;
  • the transfer need not state the amount of the mortgage debt. If it does, the figure should include both principal and interest at the date of completion, which you must check (see below for where to obtain this);
  • there should be no statement that all interest has been paid to date.

If different from 1.11 of Aviva Equity Release UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook Part 2, contact point for finding out the debt amount:

See 1.11

As a conveyancer on the Aviva Equity Release panel you must ensure that every person who will be a borrower after the transfer covenants with Aviva Equity Release to pay the money secured by the mortgage, except in the case of:

  • an original party to the mortgage (unless the mortgage conditions are being varied); or
  • a person who has previously covenanted to that effect.

Any such covenant will either be in the transfer or in a separate deed of covenant. In a transfer, the wording of the covenant should be as follows, or as close as circumstances permit: "The new borrower agrees to pay the lender all the money due under the mortgage and will keep to all the terms of the mortgage." If it is in the transfer, you must place a certified copy of the transfer with the deeds (unless Aviva Equity Release tell you not to in their CML part 2 requirements, please see below).

Does Aviva Equity Release need to be sent the transfer of equity?

No.

If Aviva Equity Release have agreed to release a borrower or a guarantor and their standard transfer form (if any) includes no appropriate clause, you must add a simple form of release. The release clause should be as follows, or as close as circumstances permit: "The lender releases ... from his/her/their obligations under the mortgage." You should check whether a guarantor who is to be released was a party to the mortgage or to a separate guarantee.

You must obtain the consent of every guarantor of whom you are aware to the release of a borrower or, as the case may be, any other guarantor.

You must only submit the transfer to Aviva Equity Release for execution if it releases a party. All other parties must execute the transfer before it is sent to Aviva Equity Release . See Aviva Equity Release part 2 requirements for where the transfer should be sent for sealing. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook Part 2 also gives Aviva Equity Release approved form of attestation clause - see below:

If different from 1.11, Aviva Equity Release contact point for obtaining execution of transfer equity:

Executed as a Deed by Aviva Equity Release UK Limited acting by its attorney (leave space for name)in the presence of:
1 attorney
1 witness

What form of attestation clause does Aviva Equity Release use?

We do not consent to lettings.

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