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2014 stamp duty change saves buyers £1.9bn

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Thu 03 Dec 2015

2014 stamp duty change saves buyers £1.9bn

 

UK homebuyers have saved £1.9bn in stamp duty since it was reformed from a slab to progressive structure in December 2014, My Home Move data has revealed.

Since the changes homebuyers have paid 0% on the first £125,000, 2% to £250,000, 5% to £925,000, 10% to £1.5m and 12% above that level.

The changes meant that anyone purchasing a home priced under £937,500 would benefit from cheaper stamp duty, as homeowners have typically saved £1,500 each since the reforms.

Nearly nine in 10 (87%) estate agents said that last year's stamp duty changes have had a positive impact on the market.

Doug Crawford, Chief Executive of My Home Move, said: "The big winners from the changes have been the first-time buyers and second steppers who have really struggled from price hikes due to a lack of housing stock. Cheaper stamp duty bills don't fix all the problems facing these buyers, but they do help by making it easier to save for a deposit.

"The old slab system was ripe for reform as it was creating a stranglehold over the market, especially where property prices neared the stamp duty thresholds, and in particular around the £250,000 mark. Thanks to the reforms, people are now able to sell their homes for a truer value.

 

"However, as with all reforms there are those who have lost out from the changes. There are a small minority of buyers who are looking for luxury homes or expensive London properties which now command up to 12% in stamp duty. With a slowdown now being felt towards the top end of the market, it could cause a worry for the government as receipts from stamp duty start to fall.”

November 2015 saw an announcement that a 3% stamp duty surcharge for buy to let investors and second home purchasers will apply from April 2016.