(1)Sections 58B and 58C of FA 2003 (relief from SDLT on first acquisition of zero-carbon homes) are amended as follows.
(2)In section 58B, for subsection (2) substitute—
“(2)For the purposes of this section—
(a)a building, or a part of a building, is a dwelling if it is constructed for use as a single dwelling, and
(b)“first acquisition”, in relation to a dwelling, means its acquisition when it has not previously been occupied.”
(3)Section 58C is amended as follows.
(4)In subsection (1), for “building” substitute “ dwelling ”.
(5)In subsection (2), after paragraph (c) insert—
“(d)provide for the charging of fees of a reasonable amount in respect of services provided as part of a scheme or process of certification.”
(6)In subsection (3)—
(a)for “a building” substitute “ a dwelling ”, and
(b)for “building itself” substitute “ building which, or part of which, constitutes the dwelling ”.
(7)The amendments made by subsections (2), (4) and (6) are treated as always having had effect; and provision included in regulations by virtue of those amendments may be made so as to have effect in relation to acquisitions on or after 1 October 2007.