Stamp duty holiday clock is ticking

Investment & Wealth Advice

The temporary stamp duty holiday is fast coming to a close. On 8th July 2020, Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a stamp duty holiday that cut the rate of stamp duty to 0% for all properties of £500,000 or under until 31st March 2021.

What is the stamp duty holiday?

Previously, buyers had to pay Stamp Duty Land Transaction Tax on all properties over £125,000, or £300,000 for first-time buyers. For example, if you were purchasing a £500,000 property as a main residence, before the stamp duty holiday you would have paid £15,000. If you are moving home now, and providing the transaction is completed by 31st March 2020, you’ll pay £0.

For purchases above £500,000, the pre-existing stamp duty levels apply, so as it stands buyers still pay 5% tax on the element of any purchase above £500,000 – in effect, saving £15,000 on what would have been payable prior to this change.

What about buy-to-let?

There was a temporary reduction for buyers of additional properties, such as buy-to-let investors, in July too. The temporary rate for additional properties starts at 3% up to £500,000, which, using the example of a £499,000 property, saves the buyer £30,000 in stamp duty.

Why was the stamp duty holiday introduced?

The decision to cut stamp duty was made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and aimed to stimulate momentum in the property market and to support those working in the property industry. According to the Nationwide House Price Index, house prices ended last year 5.3% above the level they were at when the pandemic hit the UK in March. Overall, prices rose by an average of 7.3% in 2020.

There have been growing calls for the government to extend the 31st March deadline, or at the very least phase it out so buyers already in the process of buying aren’t affected if the transaction fails to complete in time. However, in December the Treasury said that it ‘does not plan to extend this temporary relief’.

How Weatherbys can help

Time may be running out, but we can help you with all your borrowing needs. We specialise in arranging short to medium-term mortgages and loans secured against residential property, spanning owner-occupied property and buy-to-let property.

Rather than relying on the rigidity of credit scoring, we look at the bigger picture, using our personal knowledge of your financial situation to make a pragmatic, informed decision.

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  • a quick decision on your application
  • stress-free arrangement from start to finish
  • easy access to the people who make the decisions
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  • us to work directly with surveyors and lawyers on your behalf


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