Higher stamp duty charges for buy-to-let homes

From April 2016, buy-to-let landlords and people wanting to buy second homes will be subject to more stamp duty. Those in England and Wales will have to pay a 3% surcharge on each stamp duty band. This means that a typical purchase of a property between £125,000 and £250,000 will increase from 2% to 5% for potential landlords.

The stamp duty rates on buy-to-let purchases now look like:
Property value Standard rate Buy-to-let/second home rate (April 2016)
Up to £125,000 0% 3%
£125 – £250,000 2% 5%
£250 – £925,000 5% 8%
£925 – £1.5m 10% 13%
over £1.5m 12% 15%
Source: HMRC

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