Stamp Duty

What is Stamp Duty?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is owed to the Government if you purchase a property above a certain value in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Currently residential properties costing more than £125,000, or £150,000 for non-residential land and property, are subject to Stamp Duty.

Stamp Duty Tax is due when you:

  • buy a freehold property
  • buy a new or existing leasehold
  • buy a property through a shared ownership scheme
  • are transferred land or property in exchange for payment, eg you take on a mortgage or buy a share in a house

How much will you pay?

On 4th Dec 2014 the way in which SDLT is calc was changed. You now only need to pay the tax percentage within each tax band.


Up to £125,0000%
Over £125,000 and up to £250,0002%
Over £250,000 and up to £925,0005%
Over £925,000 and up to £1,500,00010%
Over £1,500,00012%


Click on this link for a helpful calculator showing how much Stamp Duty is payable on residential property.

Second Homes and Buy-to-Let Stamp Duty

Buy-to-Let and second home properties purchased after April 2016 will be subject to an additional 3% Stamp Duty on each band.

When is Stamp Duty payable?

SDLT is payable to the HMRC within 30 days of completion.

Your solicitor, agent or conveyancer will usually file your return and pay the tax on your behalf on the day of completion and add the amount to their fees. Check with your chose solicitor regarding the process they recommend for the payment of any Stamp Duty monies you owe.