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Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017

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Replacement of main residence exceptionE+W

8(1)A transaction is not a higher rates residential property transaction under paragraph 3 if the purchased dwelling is a replacement for the buyer's only or main residence.E+W

(2)For the purposes of this paragraph, the purchased dwelling is a replacement for the buyer's only or main residence if—

(a)on the effective date of the transaction (““the transaction concerned””) the buyer intends the purchased dwelling to be the buyer's only or main residence,

(b)in another land transaction (““the previous transaction””), the effective date of which was during the period of 3 years ending with the effective date of the transaction concerned, the buyer or the buyer's spouse or civil partner at the time disposed of a major interest in another dwelling (““the sold dwelling””),

(c)immediately after the effective date of the previous transaction, neither the buyer nor the buyer's spouse or civil partner had a major interest in the sold dwelling,

(d)at any time during the period of 3 years referred to in paragraph (b) the sold dwelling was the buyer's only or main residence, and

(e)at no time during the period beginning with the effective date of the previous transaction and ending with the effective date of the transaction concerned has the buyer or the buyer's spouse or civil partner acquired a major interest in any other dwelling with the intention of it being the buyer's only or main residence.

(3)Sub-paragraph (2)(c) does not apply in relation to a spouse or civil partner of the buyer if the two of them were not living together on the effective date of the transaction concerned (for the meaning of ““living together””, see paragraph 25(3)).

(4)For the purposes of this paragraph, the purchased dwelling may become a replacement for the buyer's only or main residence if—

(a)on the effective date of the transaction (““the transaction concerned””) the buyer intended the purchased dwelling to be the buyer's only or main residence,

(b)in another land transaction the effective date of which is during the period of 3 years beginning with the day after the effective date of the transaction concerned, the buyer or the buyer's spouse, former spouse, civil partner or former civil partner disposes of a major interest in another dwelling (““the sold dwelling””),

(c)immediately after the effective date of that other land transaction, neither the buyer nor the buyer's spouse or civil partner has a major interest in the sold dwelling, and

(d)at any time during the period of 3 years ending with the effective date of the transaction concerned the sold dwelling was the buyer's only or main residence.

(5)Sub-paragraph (4)(c) does not apply in relation to a spouse or civil partner of the buyer if the two of them are not living together on the effective date of that other land transaction (for the meaning of ““living together””, see paragraph 25(3)).

(6)For further provision in connection with a dwelling becoming a replacement for the buyer's only or main residence, see paragraph 23.

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