The equity line is attached to the house; nothing he can do can remove it.
While quitclaiming to you wouldn't put you on the hook, you would still lose it for non-payment if you didn't make the payments (similarly, if there were missing payments, you could cure in a chapter 13).
Also, if there is a "due on sale" clause, transferring it could trigger the *entire* loan being immediately due.
You should have a lawyer review the paperwork before doing anything.
a HELOC can be a "first mortgage" - the term "first" simply refers to the priority of the lien.
If the home is deeded to you, you would not become responsible for the mortgage. BUT - the transfer of ownership to you almost certainly violates the mortgage and would allow the mortgage company to accelerate the loan to require immediate repayment in full. Further, although you are no personally liable for the loan, you could still lose the property in a foreclosure if the loan is not paid.
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No you are not legally on the loan but someone has to pay the loan or lender will foreclose.
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