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When you made your offer to purchase, did Charles Church agree to pay the whole amount of your Stamp Duty or just a percentage?
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The whole amount
Thanks for your reply.
Well, if part of the incentive was to pay all your Stamp Duty, then now that it has been reduced, I would say it is perfectly reasonable of them to "pay the revised figure" which is now going to be a smaller amount than it would have been when you made your offer.
They will argue, that the incentive was £x amount plus your Stamp Duty, so now that the Stamp Duty payable has been reduced, so should this element of the incentive. They would also say that if they pay you the full amount of the original incentive, you would be profiting from the tax cut.
I'm sorry that I disagree with you, but I am looking at it from a neutral point of view.
At the end of the day, you haven't exchanged Contracts yet, and it is therefore very much up to you if you would like to argue the case.
I hope this assists and please let me know if I can be of any further help.