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This is definitely a Dad's Army, 'Don't panic!' situation. For the last 18 months of ownership Private Residence Relief (PRR) is extended and you are deemed to be in residence even if that is not the case. Those 18 months will run from when your new dwelling is ready for occupation. The sale of your old house will be that of a sole or main domestic residence. PRR is given automatically, no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) liability.
I do hope that I have been able to set your mind at rest on this matter.
Correct; you have it to a 'T' to use an old expression.
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