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Can a mortgage cover Stamp Duty?

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By Pete Mugleston  | Mortgage Advisor Pete has been a mortgage advisor for over 10 years, and is regularly cited in both trade and national press.

Updated: 10th September 2019 *

“Hi, can I get a mortgage to cover my Stamp Duty too?”

Hi there and thanks for writing in to us. This is a great question and one that we’re asked all the time. 

To answer this question, ideally we would need to know:

  • Where in the country you live
  • The market value of the property you want to buy
  • Whether you’re a first-time buyer

Each of the above factors will affect how much Stamp Duty you are charged, which in turn can impact your ability to stretch your funds to cover Stamp Duty as well as the property price. 

So first of all, let’s look at how the rate of Stamp Duty differs throughout the UK. 

England and Northern Ireland have the same rates whilst Scotland and Wales charge different rates altogether. 

See the tables below for a comparison of how Stamp Duty rates differ in the UK.

England and Northern Ireland

House Price Threshold Standard Stamp Duty Second Property Stamp Duty Rate
Up to £125,000 0% 3%
£125,001-£250,000 2% 5%
£250,001-£925,000 5% 8%
£925,001-£1.5 Million 10% 13%
£1.5 Million+ 12% 15%

Based on the Stamp Duty rate in England, If you were to purchase a property for £300,000, you would be charged £5,000 in Stamp Duty.

Although your own personal and financial situation can affect the rate you are offered by a lender, whilst many will go higher, the majority of lenders will consider providing loans with at least an 85% LTV rate.

So with that in mind, to purchase a property worth £300,000, a buyer would need a 15% deposit of £45,000 as well as funds for Stamp Duty, which in this example would equate to £5,000. 

A mortgage lender will not loan additional funds to cover the cost of Stamp Duty so before purchasing a property you either need to have sufficient equity or money set aside specifically to cover moving costs including removal fees, solicitors fees and of course Stamp Duty.

Understandably, not all borrowers are in the position to have money set aside for such costs but there is potentially another option. 

If possible, a buyer could reduce the amount of deposit they put down, with the funds saved being used to cover the stamp duty. 

A key point to remember though is that by reducing the amount of deposit you put down, you will need to apply for a larger mortgage. This can reduce your choice of lenders as some may require a larger deposit depending on your circumstances. 

Working with a mortgage broker can help to overcome some of these hurdles as they will have access to hundreds of lenders across the UK, some of whom may accept lower deposits or provide higher mortgages. 

Make an enquiry to discuss your options and find out more. 

Scotland

In April 2015, Stamp Duty was abolished in Scotland and replaced with Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT).

Although many of the fundamental features of each tax system are similar, there are differences in the rates that are charged.

Portion of Property Price Standard Stamp Duty Rate Second Property Stamp Duty Rate
£0-£145,000 0% 4%
£145,001-£250,000 2% 6%
£250,001-£325,000 5% 9%
£325,001-£750,000 10% 14%
£750,001+ 12% 16%

Based on the above rates, if you were to purchase a property worth £200,000 as a buyer in Scotland, you would pay £1,100.00 in Stamp Duty. 

So, for those asking “will a mortgage cover Stamp Duty in Scotland?” effectively no. 

If a lender agreed to loan you 85% of the property price, you would still need a 15% deposit of £30,000 plus the additional £1,1000 for Stamp Duty.

With that being said, a lower rate of Stamp Duty could allow a borrower to save money and therefore use it to put a larger deposit down which in turn could mean that they have a wider range of lenders and interest rates to choose from.

Can your mortgage cover stamp duty if you’re a first-time buyer?

The rate of Stamp Duty that you will be charged can also vary depending on whether or not you are a first-time buyer. 

The good news is that first time buyers in England and Northern Ireland are exempt from paying Stamp Duty on the first £300,000 of their property if it is valued under £500,000.  

So, if you are a first-time buyer in England looking to purchase a property for £200,000, you won’t be charged any Stamp Duty.

Can you pay for stamp duty with your mortgage if the property is a second home?

If the above property worth £200,000 was purchased as a second property, you would be liable to pay £7,500 in Stamp Duty charges.

3% of Stamp Duty would be charged on the first £125k, and 5% on the remaining £75k.

So, if a lender agreed to loan you 85% of the property price, can you pay for stamp duty with your mortgage?

In this instance, the answer would be no. Your loan would cover 85% of the sale price of your new home, so you would still need a 15% deposit of £30,000 plus the additional £1,500 for Stamp Duty.

How can I get a mortgage to cover Stamp Duty?

In order to get a mortgage that includes the cost of your Stamp Duty, you will need to apply for a larger loan. 

Another alternative would be to reduce the size of your deposit. This wouldn’t allow you to use your mortgage to cover your Stamp Duty, but it would reduce the amount you have to pay upfront.   
Depending on your circumstances, it can be tricky to find a lender that will accept smaller deposits but that certainly doesn't mean it’s impossible. Visit our low deposits section or speak to an advisor for more information.

Updated: 10th September 2019
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