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A Guide to Novation
A novation is the transfer of a lease agreement from one business to another.
Novation can usually only happen if both businesses meet a number of criteria established by the funder, and not all of our funders will offer novation. You can take a look at each of our funder’s processes by clicking on their name below.
When you novate a lease the terms of the contract will remain the same, which includes the type of contract, the length of the lease, the annual mileage and any maintenance elements.
Please note that you cannot usually transfer a lease from a business to an individual or vice versa as this would be a change in the type of contract which is not possible.
There are a few reasons why you might need a novation but the main one is if a company has been bought out by another and the assets need to be transferred across to the new company.
We’ve included a general idea of what criteria our funders look for below. This is not an extensive list and some finance companies may request other information these are just some general guidelines.
Please note that the company taking over the lease must have a credit check as part of the approval process before the transfer can take place.
The cost of novation depends on your funder and it would be best to contact them directly to confirm what, if any, the charge is.
Where they have advised us of any charge we have included it in the details below.
Whether novation is possible and the exact process if it is varies depending on your lease funder.
Please note that if your lease is funded through manufacturer finance then you will need to contact them directly to discuss this. We have listed their numbers on the list below.
If your lease is with ALD you can novate the agreement provided that it is from one limited company to another. They cannot allow a novation from a regulated customer to a non-regulated one, for example from a sole trader to a limited company.
ALD have advised that they do not allow personal or director guarantees for business leases so the company taking over the lease will need to be approved for credit on their own merit.
Alphabet have advised that they can offer novation for contracts where both businesses are either an LTD, LLP or a large partnership, which is classed as one with four or more partners.
In order to request a novation with Alphabet they have advised there are a few forms that need to be completed and returned. If you decide you need to novate your lease please either get in touch with us or Alphabet directly on email@example.com to request the required forms.
In order to proceed with a novation Alphabet also require a full set of accounts for the business taking over the lease, or if it is a new business a copy of the opening balance sheet.
Alphabet has advised that if you want to novate a contract it must have at least six months left of the agreement and all payments must be up to date.
There will be a fee of £250 + VAT to novate a vehicle. If you are wanting to novate multiple then you will pay £250 + VAT for the first vehicle and £25 + VAT for each of the additional vehicles.
Please note that there will be a credit check as part of the application process for the new business, and once this has been completed the finance documents for novating the lease will be sent to both companies to complete.
Arval can offer novation of a lease from one business to another but they look at each request on a case by case basis and the company taking over the lease will be subject to credit checks.
In order to arrange a novation Arval require both customers’ names, phone numbers, email addresses and full postal addresses. You can provide this information either by calling them on 03452665228 or emailing on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arval has advised that there is a charge of £100 + VAT per vehicle.
LeasePlan can offer a novation from one limited company to another, which includes LTDs, LLPs and PLCs, provided that both businesses are solvent. If you are a sole trader and the contract is an unregulated one then you can also novate the contract to a limited company.
The contract parameters, including lease length and mileage allowance as well as the contract type will remain the same.
Please note that the company taking over the lease will need to have credit approved with LeasePlan before the novation is requested.
The process can take up to two months to be completed depending on how quickly documents are signed.
LeasePlan can only process a novation if the contract has 12 months or more left on it and usually only once the lease is older than six months. If a novation is needed and less than six months have passed since the start of the contract then extra information will be requested to support the request.
If the contract is in arrears then the novation request will be denied. Additionally, they advise that the existing customer will need to have an active direct debit payment set up and there cannot be a deferred payment due at the end of the contract due to a payment break.
In order to process the request LeasePlan ask that you provide us with the below information so that we can make the request for you:
Please note that the address for both businesses will need to match the one on Companies House, if the registered address is not the trading address please let us know.
Once the novation is approved LeasePlan will issue the finance deeds, direct debit mandate and a covering letter which explains what needs to be done for you. Both companies will need to sign three copies of the deed and the direct debit mandate and in some cases a corporate or director’s guarantee might also be required. Please be aware that these documents will have an expiry date on them and need to be completed and returned to LeasePlan before this date.
LeasePlan will let us know once the novation is countersigned by them and the date it will take effect from.
Leasys can offer novation from one limited company to another.
In order to novate the contract you will need to get in touch with them directly to begin the process. It will be the Contracts Management Department that you need to speak to who are available on 03445614611 option 1 then option 4.
If your lease is with Lex and you would like to novate the agreement they advise that they can only do so for and to limited companies or large partnerships provided there are four or more equity partners and the business has been trading for a minimum of two years.
In order to process a transfer of lease they require the below information:
Along with this they require the electronic completion of a transfer form. We can request this on your behalf, or you can get in touch with Lex directly on 03448796633.
All details will need to be emailed to Lex on Customer.Services@lexautolease.co.uk and the request will not be processed until all the details are received by Lex.
Novuna will allow business customers to novate a contract from one limited company to another.
They will also consider a transfer of a personal lease from an individual to a limited company, but this is looked at on a case by case basis.
In order to process any novation or transfer request Novuna require you to complete a transfer request form which we can request on your behalf or you can ask them for directly.
This form will request details of the company currently leasing the vehicle, the registration number, the details of the company looking to take over the lease and the reason for transfer.
Once the form has been completed Novuna will then run their application process, which includes a credit check, on the company looking to take on the lease and if approved the paperwork will then be issued for you to sign.
Santander has advised that they do not offer novations to their business customers.
If there is a reason that your business can no longer commit to the lease then we advise you contact their customer services team in order to discuss ending the contract early. Please note there may be an early termination fee for this.
Their contact number is 0330 134 8751.
If your lease is through Wessex Fleet, then you may be able to novate the contract provided it is from one business to another.
Wessex Fleet look at each novation on an individual basis and if you need to novate your lease agreement you will need to contact them directly on 01722322888 (option 3).
Please be aware that the above guidance is for a standard business to business novation where the original lease holder is not insolvent. If the original contract holder does enter insolvency then you will need to contact the funder directly to discuss the options available.
ALD - 01179086472
Alphabet - 03700120392 (option 4)
Arval - 03706004499
Audi Financial Services - 03700102007
BMW Financial Services - 03705050150
LeasePlan - 03444935811
Leasys - 03445614611 (options 1 then 4)
Lex Autolease - 03448796633
Mercedes-Benz Finance - 03708470700
Mobilize Financial Services - 03330090230
Nissan Finance - 03330090231
Novuna - 03444632900
Santander - 03301348751
Seat Financial Services - 03703334446
Skoda Financial Services - 03703334449
Renault Finance - 03330090233
Volvo Financial Services - 01926401203
Volkswagen Financial Services - 03700102022
Wessex Fleet - 01722322888
For more information on novation, you can get in touch with our Support Team on 03302210000 or contact your funder directly.
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