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Is there a mortgage on the property?
The lender will not allow your partner to be registered as joint registered propretior without him being added to the mortgage I'm afraid. No change of registration can be affected without the lender's consent.
An alternative would be to draft get a solicitor to draft a declaration of trust which would be exercuted by you both. This is a deed which would be exercuted by you and your partner which would state that upon sale the equity is to be divided in to percentage shares. You would choose the percentage (ie. 50% each). It would cost around £150.00 for a solicitor to prepare and £50 to have it registered against the legal title of the property in the form of a notice.
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It would be a potentially exempt transfer for the purposes of inheritance tax. It would be for HMRC to decide if you retained a benefit in the assets following the making of the declaration, if their view was that you did reserve benefit then they would attempt to include your partner's 50% share in the property in your estate. If they did not consider you retained a benefit (ie. because your partner was living there) then it would be a potentially exempt transfer for IHT purposes, meaning that if you survived 7 years there would be no charge to your estate.
It would also be a disposal for capital gains tax purposes, but if it is your main private residence then this would mean it was exempt.
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