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Thanks. I'll take a look at that. I'm about to start drafting my answer.
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I'm looking at all my reference material now. There are quite a few contradictions but I'm getting there. Are you a part owner of the house you lived in until just over three years ago?
I'm afraid I think you will be liable for the stamp duty surcharge. With its significant concessions, the government has in my view pretty much trashed the intention of the surcharge which was to simmer down the property market to help people who want to buy houses to live in to get a foothold on the housing ladder but that's just my opinion and is of no consequence.
If you look at paragraphs 1.30 and 1.31 in the consultation results here, it has been announced that those who sold their previous main home (at any time) before 25 November 2015 will have 36 months from 25 November 2015 to buy a new main home and not have to pay the surcharge. If your previous main home had been the one you sold in 2003, you would be able to take advantage of this concession. However, your previous main home is the one you stopped living in just over three years ago and hasn't been sold.
I hope this clarifies things for you but let me know if you have any further questions.
I'm just following up to find out if my answer helped or if you have any further questions.