New Stamp Duty Rates (SDLT) 08.07.2020 – 31.03.2021

Please see the guidance below in respect of the new stamp duty rates until 31st March 2021

Residential Stamp Duty (SDLT) rates on purchases from 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021

If you purchase a residential property between 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021, you will only pay SDLT on the amount above £500,000.

These rates apply whether you are buying your first home or have owned property before.

You can use the table to work out the SDLT due:

 

Property or lease premium or transfer valueSDLT rate
Up to £500,000Zero
The next £425,000 (the portion from £500,001 to £925,000)5%
The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million)10%
The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million)12%

 

From 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 the special rules for first time buyers are replaced by the reduced rates set out above.

Use the SDLT calculator to work out how much tax you’ll pay.

 

Higher Stamp Duty rates (SDLT) for additional properties

The 3% higher rate for purchases of additional dwellings applies on top of revised standard rates above for the period 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021.

The following rates apply:

 

Property or lease premium or transfer valueSDLT rate
Up to £500,0003%
The next £425,000 (the portion from £500,001 to £925,000)8%
The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million)13%
The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million)15%

 

New leasehold sales and transfers

The nil rate band which applies to the ‘net present value’ of any rents payable for residential property is also increased to £500,000 from 8 July 2020 until 31 March 2021.

The following rates will apply:

Net Present Value of any RentSDLT rate
Up to £500,000Zero
Over £500,0001%

 

  • Companies buying residential property worth less than £500,000 will also benefit from these changes.
  • It is also worth noting that companies buying residential property of any value where they meet the relief conditions from the corporate 15% SDLT charge.

 

On the 1 April 2021 the reduced rates shown in the above tables will revert to the rates of SDLT that were in place prior to 8 July 2020.

You can speak to our Property Law Team by phoning 01535 662644.