What is Stamp Duty? 

Stamp Duty is the tax charged by the Government when you buy a home. For first-time buyers in England no Stamp Duty is payable on properties up to £300,000. Homeowners need to start paying Stamp Duty from £125,000.

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 (Scotland)

Stamp Duty in Wales is now referred to as the Land Transaction Tax (LTT) and is charged when you buy a home of more than £180,000.

See more detail on LTT (Wales)


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, Stamp Duty rates are paid on a sliding scale based on the property price within each tax band.

Stamp Duty payable for England - First-time buyers up to £500,000:

Purchase Price

Stamp Duty %

£0 - £300,000

0% (Zero)

£300,001 to £500,000

5% (£0 Stamp Duty to pay up to £300,000)

Stamp Duty payable for England  - First-time buyers purchasing over £500,000 and existing Homeowners:

Purchase Price

Stamp Duty %

0 – £125,000

0% (Zero)

£125,001 to £250,000


£250,001 to £925,000 


£925,001 to £1.5 million


More than £1.5m



How could we pay it for you?

Legally, when purchasing a home, the purchaser has to pay the Stamp Duty land tax on their purchase. However, on selected plots, we may be able to make a contribution towards your Stamp Duty* - 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.