As so many of our investor clients have been asking how the changes to the SDLT regime which come into force on 1 April are likely to affect them we have produced a guide which can be downloaded from our website.
Even if you do not consider yourself to be a property investor, however, you could still be affected by the new regime. Did you realise for example that if you are married and your spouse owns a property you could still be caught by the higher rates of tax if you purchase a new residential property in your sole name.
For more on this and the rest of the proposed changes as well as details of the possible exemptions you need this guide: http://www.hedgeslaw.co.uk/cms/documents/Investment_properties_new_SDLT_regime.pdf
In view of the changes to the rates of SDLT that are due to be introduced on the purchase of second properties with effect from 1 April 2016 have a look at our guide here.