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Declaration of Trust

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
Hi,

I wonder if anyone is able to help with this. My girlfriend and I are just about to complete on the purchase of our first house together. The house has been bought in both our names, but the shares of ownership are not equal (75:25).

Our solicitor has just told us that we will need to pay £250 to have a "declaration of trust" drawn up on this since we'll own unequal shares of the property.

Everything that I've read says that we do need to have a declaration of trust but I was wondering if it's possible to save the £250 and do one ourselves - does anyone know if you can get something similar to the 'write your own will' kits in order to do this? Or do we need to pay the £250?

Thanks - any advice much appreciated!

George

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  • greyteam1959greyteam1959 Forumite
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    £250 sounds expensive to me best bet is to shop around as always.
    Sorry I cant be more help.
  • chant1lchant1l Forumite
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    Don't do it yourself, you will probably get something wrong. Try using an out of town solicitor, newcastle/middlesbrough/hull they will tend to be cheaper esp if you are not there in person. I guess £100/£150 is about right for their time.
  • BossybootsBossyboots Forumite
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    Please, please don't do it yourselves. That is a recipe for disaster which could cost you far more than £250 at some time in the future.

    This is a specialised document in which each clause must be clear and unambiguous and I don't agree that £250 is too much. You could shop around though and see if anyone will undercut it for you, as long as they don't also cut the quality of the document.

    Your deed should also make clear what will happen if one defaults on the mortgage. Will the one who continues paying get credit for that by way of increased equity for example. What if there are unpaid bills. Will future selling costs be split equally or 75:25. You should have all the i's dotted and the t's crossed to save any future problems. There are at least two threads running at the moment where couples did not have a deed of trust and they should give you some idea of how important it is to do this and get it right.
  • aimexaimex Forumite
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    Dont do it!! As far as im aware you can get your shares written into the TR1 Transfer document - this is the document that actually transfers ownership of the land from the vendors to you. There is a box which states how you wish to hold the property - just get the solicitor to tick the box that says tenants in common in unequal shares, and then write down what those shares are, ie. 75:25.
  • HerbHerb Forumite
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    £250 is far too much - £100 -£150 for the solicitors time.

    But aimex - if that's the case - then that's brilliant.
  • gck303gck303 Forumite
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    Thank you for the responses.

    Here is the TR1 document. It does indeed have a section in it defining our proportions of ownership:
    http://www.landregistry.gov.uk/assets/library/documents/tr1.pdf

    I have located an example Declaration of Trust here:
    http://www.firstrungnow.com/first-rung-now-sample-trust-deed.php

    I guess that the document a solicitor will draw up will be 'more official' and more complete than one prepared by ourselves.

    George
  • aimexaimex Forumite
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    Why is it not recommended to use the TR1 to define proportions of ownership? It is a legal document and is lodged at the land registry, so why not?
  • aimexaimex Forumite
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    how can the TR1 set out any clearer what their shares are though? how is it open to challenge? sorry, really not seeing it!
  • aimexaimex Forumite
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    Oxley and Hiscock is a different can of worms alltogether and the facts are completely different. In this case the woman and man were not married and the house was in the mans sole name. If a TR1 was drawn up and the OP and their other half were tenants in common and their shares were defined then the house would be in both of their names. In Oxley the court had to decide what shares the couple should each have.

    So, sorry but still not seeing the open to challenge point. Imho TR1 is fine to define interests in land.
  • aimexaimex Forumite
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    ok. look forward to your response.
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