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Business as usual! Although our front doors are closed at our Scarborough and Filey offices, we are still working hard on your matters, either remotely or in the office. We are unable to offer face to face appointments at the moment but are still contactable by email and telephone – Scarborough office 01723 351351 post@birdsall-snowball.co.uk; Filey office 01723 515151, reception@birdsall-snowball.co.uk.  If you reach our answerphone please leave a message and someone will contact you as soon as possible. We are still taking instructions for Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and buying and selling commercial and residential property,so please do not hesitate to contact us. With regard to buying and selling property, the government’s response to the Coronavirus epidemic is, and will continue to be changing. Work up to exchange of Contracts can and will be carried out in accordance with client instructions. However, there may be a delay in... Read full article

With regard to Stamp Duty, a higher rate is payable when an additional residential property is purchased in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The higher rates apply even if your other residential properties are outside any of these countries. HMRC state “You also need to pay the higher rates if you don’t own a residential property and buy at least 2 residential properties at the same time”. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/stamp-duty-land-tax-buying-an-additional-residential-property A handy Stamp duty calculator can be found at: www.tax.service.gov.uk/calculate-stamp-duty-land-tax/#/intro First Time Buyer Stamp Duty Land Tax guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/661728/8274_guidance_note_SDLT_relief_for_first_time_buyers.pdf