What is Stamp Duty?

Stamp Duty is the tax charged by the Government when you buy a home of more than £250,000.

Why do I need 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.

The transfer of funds to pay the Stamp Duty will be managed for you by your solicitor.

For homes over £250,000 there is no Stamp Duty to pay on the first £250,000, then the following rates apply:

Purchase Price

Stamp Duty %

£0 to £250,000

0% (Zero)

£250,001 to £925,000

5% 

£925,001 to £1,500,000

10%

Over £1,500,000

12%

What if I'm a first time buyer?

If you're a first time buyer, purchasing a home up to £625,000, the following rates apply:


Purchase Price

Stamp Duty %

£0 to £425,000

0% (Zero)

£425,001 to £625,000

5% 

Note: For properties priced over £625,000, no additional first time buyer relief is available.

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What if I'm an investor or own more than one property?

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If you are buying an investment property or an additional home, the following rates will apply to your purchase:

Purchase Price

Stamp Duty %

£0 to £250,000

3%

£250,001 to £925,000

8%

£925,001 to £1,500,000

13%

Over £1,500,000

15%

Buying in Scotland and Wales

Stamp Duty in Scotland is 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 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)

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Stamp Duty FAQs

  • Yes, stamp duty is a tax charged by the Government when you buy any home in the UK.
  • Stamp duty in Scotland is replaced by the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT).
  • Properties that are priced below £250,000 are exempted from stamp duty, and first-time buyers are also not required to pay this tax on properties that are priced below £425,000.
  • As of September 2022, the stamp duty rules in the UK are as follows:

    • No stamp duty is payable on properties up to £250,000.
    • From £250,001 to £925,000, a 5% stamp duty rate is applied.
    • From £925,001 to £1.5 million, a 10% stamp duty rate is applied.
    • Above £1.5 million, a 12% stamp duty rate is applied.

    First-time buyers are exempt from paying stamp duty on properties up to £425,000 and pay a reduced rate on properties up to £625,000.

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