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First time buyer stamp duty rules

The government announced a stamp duty holiday for England and Northern Ireland on 8th July 2020 to run until 31st March 2021. This means that you won't have to pay any stamp duty on purchases below £500,000. More information can be found here.  

The below article was written before the announcement on 8th July 2020. 

Do first time buyers pay stamp duty? From August 2017, new rules mean that the answer is probably not.

For homes that cost £300,000 or less, there is no stamp duty for first time buyers. That means the majority of first time buyers will pay no stamp duty at all*.

For first time buyers, buying homes above that threshold, they will only have to pay stamp duty on the value above £300,000, as long as the property is valued under £500,000. If the property is bought for more than £500,000, then the full stamp duty will be levied.

These changes do not affect buyers in Scotland, who pay Land and Buildings Transfer Tax rather than stamp duty.

Do you qualify as a first time buyer?

Our first time buyers guide is a great place to start if you have any questions. But in short, you are only eligible for stamp duty relief if…

You have never owned a property before

This includes overseas property or property you may have inherited.

The property you are buying is your only and main residence

You cannot get stamp duty relief if you are purchasing a buy-to-let.

First time buyer rules for couples

Whether you’re buying with your spouse, civil partner or even with a friend, unless you are both classed as a first time buyer, you will not be eligible to benefit from these rules. This is also true if you are buying a property with a parent. Put simply, if any of the people on the deeds have currently or previously owned a property, you will have to pay the full stamp duty.

Joint borrower, single owner mortgages

Some lenders do offer mortgages that allow more than one person to be liable for the loan, whilst the property is in the sole ownership of one party.

For example, a parent's income can be used to qualify a loan that is in both their and their child's name. However, in this arrangement only the child’s name is on the deeds. There are not many lenders who will offer this type of mortgage and, due to its more complex nature, we strongly recommend seeking advice.

To discuss the stamp duty rules in more depth, please contact us today and we can put you in touch with an adviser local to you.

To discuss the stamp duty rules in more depth, please contact us today and we can put you in touch with an adviser local to you. In the meantime, why not see how much you could borrow using our calculator?


*(source. Land Registry/ONS)

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