Transfer of Equity Conveyancing - Coventry Building Society Panel Requirements

This page intends to assist England and Wales conveyancing solicitors who conduct Transfer of Equity conveyancing who are on the Coventry Building Society conveyancing panel. It is not a substitute for reviewing the CML handbook requirements for Coventry Building Society


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

Does Coventry Building Society 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 Coventry Building Society UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook Part 2, contact point for finding out the debt amount:

Existing Lending & Insurance, P.O. Box 600 Oakfield House, Binley Business Park, Coventry CV3 9YR or DX 18855 Coventry 2.
Tel. 0800 1218899 Fax. 02476 839300

As a conveyancer on the Coventry Building Society panel you must ensure that every person who will be a borrower after the transfer covenants with Coventry Building Society 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 Coventry Building Society tell you not to in their CML part 2 requirements, please see below).

Does Coventry Building Society need to be sent the transfer of equity?

Yes, after completion

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

If different from 1.11, Coventry Building Society contact point for obtaining execution of transfer equity:

Completions Dept. P.O.Box 1022, Coventry CV1 5ZW
Tel. 02476 839357
Fax. 024 76839275

What form of attestation clause does Coventry Building Society use?

THE COMMON SEAL of Coventry Building Society was hereunto affixed in the presence of:
By authority of the Board of Directors.

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