Stamp duty has been abolished for first-time buyers on homes worth up to £300,000, while for first-time buyers in more expensive areas like London, no stamp duty will be payable on the first £300,000 of the purchase price of properties worth up to £500,000.
These changes to stamp duty for first-time buyers will take effect from the day of the Budget – 22nd December.
Chancellor Philip Hammond declared that he wanted the UK to be a place where “the dream of home ownership is a reality for all generations”.
The change to stamp duty announced in the budget will mean that 80% of first-time buyers will not have to pay any stamp duty, while there will be a stamp duty cut for 95% of first-time buyers.
Stamp duty has proved more of a problem in high-priced areas such as London, slowing the market and discouraging people from moving and buying new homes.
However, though the changes to stamp duty will help many first-time buyers in Wimbledon and others across the capital, high rents will continue to make it difficult for potential first-time buyers to save for a deposit.
Meanwhile, the supply and demand issue of not building enough homes continues. In addressing this, the Chancellor pledged to set aside a £44 million investment package to support the building of 300,000 homes per year by the mid-2020s.
In addition, local authorities are to be given the power to double council tax for those properties which are left empty.
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