Rishi Sunak stood up on Wednesday 3 March to give his highly anticipated Budget speech to the House of Commons. While other coronavirus support measures were first on the agenda, the Chancellor’s speech also revealed some important housing measures.
Extension of Stamp Duty holiday
The Chancellor announced a three-month extension of the temporary £500,000 nil rate band for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) to 30 June 2021, followed by an interim £250,000 SDLT threshold for a further three months to 30 September. The government has been under intense pressure from the property sector to extend the tax break due to severe delays in the transaction process (a result of the huge demand caused by Mr Sunak’s original announcement in July), which have left many buyers at risk of missing the original 31 March deadline through no fault of their own. The regular £125,000 SDLT threshold will return from 1 October 2021. In Wales, the Land Transaction Tax (LTT) temporary tax reduction has been extended to 30 June 2021
Guarantee on 95% mortgages
Mr Sunak announced a new government guarantee on 95% LTV loans, to give lenders the confidence to offer loan finance to homebuyers with a 5% deposit. While small deposits are a hallmark of first-time buyers, the scheme is not limited to this group; nor is it restricted to new build properties and is available to all borrowers on properties up to the value of £600,000. Commencing in April 2021, the scheme will be available for all new mortgages up until 31 December 2022.
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