One of the things we’re often asked about is “Can I put a mortgaged property in trust?”. In this new series, we’ll explore different case studies and applicable scenarios to answer these burning questions.
Geoffrey and Hillary have a mortgage over the property so the legal title to the property cannot be transferred to the trustees. The equitable title is what is held under the trust.
Their Trust was set up on 30 July 2014.
The trust protects the equity in the property. As the mortgage is paid, the equity in the trust grows until eventually, the whole property forms part of the trust. At this point, the Settlor and Trustees will apply to have the legal title changed into the names of the trustees.
The trust, along with the restriction protects the equity in the property. As the mortgage is paid, the equity in the trust grows until eventually, the whole property forms part of the trust. At this point, the Settlor and Trustees will apply to have the legal title changed into the names of the trustees.
Geoffrey and Hilary did not envisage being in such dire financial difficulty and wish to release equity in the property, can they do this and if so, what are the implications?
First step – look at the Trust Deed
The Settlors cannot just take equity out of the Trust without referring to the Trust Deed and, liaising with the trustees.
Are the Settlors beneficiaries? If not, they will need to effect any powers they have to add beneficiaries to the trust to add themselves, then the trustees could exercise their Power of Appointment. This clause is used to appoint trust assets out of the Trust for the benefit of any beneficiaries, on such terms as the trustees think fit.
The above clauses confirm that the trust asset can be appointed out to one or all the beneficiaries and this must be documented by deed. Generally, a Deed of Appointment; it is also prudent to undertake Minutes of Trustee Meeting.
Second step – Land Registry Title updated
Land registry work may be required to remove any restrictions relating to the trust.
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