Second Home Buyers and Buy-to-let Landlords Welcome SDLT Cut

Date posted: 6th Aug 2020

Although the temporary increase in the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) threshold to £500,000 was aimed at those buying their main residence, it also benefits those buying a second or subsequent property where there is a 3% supplementary charge. Thus, the rate of SDLT on a second home costing up to £500,000 is now 3%. Previously, the rate was 3% up to £125,000, then 5% up to £250,000 and then 8% up to £825,000. So the SDLT on a second home costing £400,000 is now £12,000 compared to £22,000 if the purchase had completed before 8 July 2020.

Note that there are different thresholds and rates of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax for properties located in Scotland and Wales.

Should you have any queries on the above or need further support, please contact our tax team here, who will be happy to assist.

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