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Stamp Duty Land Tax: relief for first time buyers

PLEASE NOTE: Information in this article is correct at the time of publication, please contact DFA Law for current advice on older articles.

From 22 November 2017 first time buyers paying £300,000 or less for a residential property will pay no Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

First time buyers paying between £300,000 and £500,000 will pay SDLT at 5% on the amount of the purchase price in excess of £300,000. First time buyers purchasing property for more than £500,000 will not be entitled to any relief and will pay SDLT at the normal rates.

A first time buyer is defined as an individual or individuals who have never owned an interest in a residential property in the United Kingdom or anywhere else in the world and who intends to occupy the property as their main residence.

This measure will have effect for transactions with an effective date (usually the date of completion) on or after 22 November 2017.

The revised rates and thresholds for residential property purchases worth £500,000 or less by first time buyers will be as follows:

Portion of considerationCurrent standard ratesRate for first time buyers
Up to £125,0000%0%
Over £125,000 and up to £250,0002%0%
Over £250,000 and up to £300,0005%0%
Over £300,000 and up to £500,0005%5%
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