New stamp duty petition attracts more than 1,700 signatures within 24 hours

A petition launched yesterday for the stamp duty holiday to be triggered upon exchange of contracts, rather than completion, attracted more than 1,700 signatories within 24 hours.

Property Industry Eye reported on Thursday that a new petition, started by an individual looking to take advantage of the existing stamp duty holiday, had been set-up.

Chris Holland, who created the petition, contacted EYE yesterday, an hour after it had gone live on Westminster’s official website.

The petition has currently gained 1,744 signatures.

Holland said: “People are finding themselves becoming trapped in a scenario whereby house prices are muh higher, and at the same time they will now miss out on the stamp duty holiday. People are being financially punished from both sides, this from a policy that was designed to do the exact opposite.

“Exchanging contracts is exactly what it says. A contract, a legally binding agreement, to purchase a house often with an immediate 10% deposit being paid. So why shouldn’t you benefit from the stamp duty holiday being triggered at that moment of exchanging contracts, rather than at the point of completion? This will allow in particularly new build buyers, with continuous building delays due to COVID-19, to benefit from this policy.

“If you can help in any way it will be greatly appreciated.”

Petitions posted on Westminster’s official site are guaranteed a government response if they accrue more than 10,000 signatures.

If a petition gets more than 100,000 signatures on that site it will be considered for a debate in parliament.

You can add your signature to the petition here.

The last major SDLT petition, which called for the government to extend the stamp duty holiday until September 2021, led to a debate in parliament – it attracted more than 150,000 signatures!


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One Comment

  1. RichardHill61

    Oh 1744! Such support…

    I did a petition for a stamp duty holiday in April 2020! Managed just over 10,000 signatures so it got a reply that I think had an influence on the original holiday being granted! I have a poor reach on social media but 10k+ connections on LinkedIn mainly in property related businesses!

    Surprised me how few signed or even bothered to get others to sign a petition that could largely further boost an already thriving industry!

    Seems ironic to me that agents especially can’t find 100k signatures between them to get a petition debated which makes the money indirectly!!



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