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By buying your second home first you can avoid the extra 3

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Hi By buying your second home first you can avoid the extra 3 per cent charged to those who buy an “additional property” such as a holiday home or buy-to-let, in some circumstances, says Sean Randall, a stamp duty expert at the accountancy firm Blick Rothenberg.Because of a technicality in the wording of the rules set out by the taxman, if you can prove that the second property you buy is a main residence, and not an additional one, you will pay only a standard stamp duty rate, he says.You must also be able to demonstrate that your life is more focused on the second home. For example, that your children go to school locally and you are registered with a GP.
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Customer: I was wondering if this is correct. im in the process of buying a second home, to be my main residence, but keeping my flat to rent out and thought this sounded much like the article. Will I need yo pay the 3% stamp duty on 2nd home
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Submitted: 6 days ago.
Category: Tax
Expert: replied 6 days ago.

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Expert: replied 6 days ago.

Thank you for your question.

You will have two properties at the end of the transaction and will have to pay extra 3% stamp duty. As you are not selling your main residence to move into another property as main residence the extra stamp duty applies.

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