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Hi Ken, I am afraid you will be liable to pay the Stamp Duty at the enhanced rate. This is because even though you are buying a property to reside within, you are not replacing your main residence, and you already own another property (in your case 2 properties).
The rules are very strict and the only potential way of avoiding the enhanced rate would be if the property is purchased in the sole name of your partner (provided she does not already own any other property) although this may not of course be feasible or practical for you.
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Kind Regards Al
Hi, thanks for your reply. If you owned your "parents house" and you were selling that at the same time as buying your new property then you would only have to pay the standard rate, as you would be replacing your main residence. However, I do not believe that you do own your "parents house" and I don't think you are selling it either. If so, I'm afraid my first answer remains the same and is the correct legal position.
If you want peace of mind, bearing in mind what the Which Solicitor has told you, please feel free to speak to HMRC.