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Good news for first time buyers in the recent budget!

The Chancellor made a number of statements aimed at keeping the housing market moving, possibly the most important of which was the abolishment of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) for first time buyers.

As of 22nd November 2017, SDLT is no longer payable on the first £300,000 up to £500,000 when purchasing property or land in England and Wales (till the end of March). SDLT is however unchanged on property purchases over £500,000.00.

SDLT Stamp duty land tax is the tax paid to the government by the purchaser when buying property of land within the UK.

This change to the regulations means that for many first-time buyers the stamp duty will either be nil, or greatly reduced.

To be eligible the purchaser needs to have never previously owned a property anywhere in the world, and when a joint purchase both purchasers must be first time buyers to benefit from the changes.

If you would like any further information or to speak to someone about this change, please contact our new business team on

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Pre-Budget 22 November onwards
£200,000 £1,500 £0
£208,000 (average first-time buyer property in the UK) £1,660 £0
£300,000 £5,000 £0
£400,000 £10,000 £5,000
£410,000 (average first-time buyer property in London) £10,500 £5,500
£500,000 £15,000 £10,000
Above £500,000 Stamp duty is unchanged on purchases above £500,000

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MJP Conveyancing Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales Registered No: 8026741 VAT Number: 157917571. A full list of the directors is available upon request. We use the word 'Partner' to refer to a Director of the Limited Company, or any employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualification. Equality and Diversity Policy Equality and Diversity Policy Statement for Clients * - In calculating this we measure the average time it takes to reach the stage of exchange ( not the date you actually move in which is known as the completion date) from the date we receive the contract from the sellers solicitors or from when we send the contract to the buyers solicitors. This period can be longer when delays arise which are not within our control. We cannot guarantee that we can achieve this average turnaround time in all transactions. This turnaround time does not apply to leasehold and leasehold and new build transactions.
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