Stamp Duty scrapped on all homes under £500,000 with immediate effect

News at Howes Estates | 08/07/2020


Move will benefit nine in ten homebuyers – saving £4,500 on the average purchase

Stamp Duty has been scrapped immediately for all homes under £500,000, to kickstart the stalled housing market.

Rishi Sunak said the move would benefit nine in ten homebuyers – saving £4,500 on the average purchase.

The move was announced as part of the chancellor’s emergency mini-budget to head off a feared explosion in unemployment as the coronavirus pandemic bites harder.

Mr Sunak said proper transactions had fallen by 50 per cent in May – with the first fall in house prices for 8 years.

The solution, he announced was a “temporary cut until 31 March” raising the threshold for paying stamp duty from £125,000 to £500,000, to kick in immediately.

“Uncertainty abounds in the market – a market we need to be thriving,” Mr Sunak told MPs, adding: “We need people to feel confident.

“Uncertainty abounds in the market – a market we need to be thriving,” Mr Sunak told MPs, adding: “We need people to feel confident.

He added: “The average stamp duty bill will fall by £4,500. And nearly nine out of 10 people buying a main home this year, will pay no stamp duty at all.”