Stamp Duty Land Tax

The temporary reduction in the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) threshold introduced by the Government has expired. From 1 October 2021, the starting point for paying standard SDLT rates is £125,000 in England and Northern Ireland.

When purchasing a Buy to Let property in England and Northern Ireland, you’ll have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). You’ll need to pay in increasing portions of the property price. If you own or will own two or more properties, the higher rate of SDLT applies, however there are some scenarios where you may or may not have to pay, which are detailed below*.

Here are the rates when purchasing a buy to let property from 1 October 2021:

Property value Standard SDLT rates Higher SDLT rates for additional properties
Up to £125,000 (excluding purchases below £40,000) 0% 3%
£125,000 to £250,000 2% 5%
£250,001 to £925,000 5% 8%
£925,001 to £1.5 million 10% 13%
Over £1.5 million 12% 15%

For example:

If someone buys a property priced at £300,000 and the higher rates are applicable, here is the SDLT payable. 

  Total portion amount 
(from 1 October 2021)
£0 to £125,000 portion £3,750
£125,001 to £250,000 portion £6,250
£250,001 to £300,000 portion £4,000
Total stamp duty land tax £14,000

Stamp Duty calculator

To calculate the SDLT for your property, use the stamp duty calculator on the MoneyHelper website.

Stamp Duty calculator

Does this affect Scotland and Wales?

In Scotland, the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) replaced SDLT in 2015. LBTT rates also have the 4% surcharge on additional residential properties. For more information visit

In Wales, the above rules applied from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018. From 1 April 2018 Land Transaction Tax (LTT) was introduced. LTT rates also have the 3% surcharge on additional residential properties. For more information visit

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*Please note the scenarios are not exhaustive. If you're unsure how this may impact you and need more information on your personal scenario, please contact an Independent Tax Adviser at