Do I pay stamp duty if divorced and buying?


I am divorcing and signing over my share of family house to ex-husband, in line with the agreed consent order issued by court.

In the meantime I am looking for a house in London.

I have read somewhere (on a few websites) that if a house purchase is due to a divorce, there is exempt from paying stamp duty. These seems to be a vague suggestion on newspaper articles etc but I can't find anything concrete to back this up.

Does anyone know if this is true? Will I need to pay stamp duty as I am purchasing due to divorce?


  • Tom99
    Tom99 Posts: 5,371 Forumite
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    Yes you will. make sure you sign over your existing house 1st or you will pay an extra 3% and have to claim it back later.
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