What is Stamp Duty? 

Stamp Duty is the tax charged by the government when you buy a home for more than £125,000 in England and Wales. Stamp Duty in Scotland is now referred to as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) and is charged when you buy a home of more than £145,000.

See more detail on LBTT


Why do we have to pay it?

When you buy a property the change in land ownership has to be legally registered at the Land Registry. This process requires a certificate from the HMRC – which they will only issue on receipt of the Stamp Duty due on the purchase of the property. So, put simply, if you don't pay the Stamp Duty, you can't buy your new home.  Luckily, you don't have to worry about it as it’s one of the things your solicitor takes care of.

How much is Stamp Duty?

In England and Wales, new Stamp Duty rates are paid on as sliding scale based on the property price within each tax band

Purchase Price

Stamp Duty rates paid on the part of the property price within each tax band

0 – £125,000


£125,001 to £250,000


£250,001 to £925,000 


£925,001 to £1.5 million


More than £1.5m



How can we pay it for you?

Legally, the purchaser has to pay the Stamp Duty land tax on their purchase. However we may be able to pay the Stamp Duty for you up to a maximum of 4% of the purchase price* of your new Barratt Home – just ask the Sales Adviser at the development.

Should you proceed with this Barratt Homes' offer, we will pay the agreed sum to your solicitor on completion of the purchase of your new home.

For more details just ask one of our Sales Advisers at any of our developments.

Click to read the full Terms and Conditions.