Stamp Duty Changes for First Time Buyers.

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The 2 November 2017 was a significant day for first-time buyers in England and Wales. The budget brought in some big savings on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) which are going to be very welcome for those short on cash and trying to get onto the property ladder.

The waiver will apply to first-time buyers purchasing a property up to £500,000 with properties up to £300,000 incurring no SDLT and those above £300,000 only incurring SDLT charges on sums over £300,000.

Here is a table illustrating some examples;


Purchase Price (£) Old SDLT

New SDLT for

First-Time Buyers

Saving for

First-Time Buyers

£150000 £500 Noe to pay £500
£200000 £1500 Noe to pay £1500
£250000 £2500 None to pay £2500
£300000 £5000 None to pay £5000
£350000 £7500 £2500 £5000
£400000 £10000 £5000 £5000
£500000 £15000 £10000 £5000


In order to qualify there are some conditions. They are;

  1. You must never have owned a Freehold or Leasehold property before*.

  2. Anyone purchasing with you must never have owned a Freehold or leasehold property before*.

  3. All parties must be purchasing the property for their main residence.

These criteria apply to your ownership of property elsewhere in the World too.

Formal ‘shared ownership’ homes are included in this scheme and you will only pay SDLT on the amount you pay for your part of the home. However, this does not include shared ownership with third parties other than formal shared ownership vendors.

The good news is that it should save first-time buyers some cash when buying their first home. However, in an open market many might just use that extra saving to outbid competing buyers, pushing house prices in this sector higher. Therefore, this may also be good news for homeowners with properties valued at just under £500,000!

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