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Stamp Duty Land Tax Manual

Notification: Continuation of a lease by tacit relocation: Example 1

A 10-year non-residential lease granted for an annual rent of £50,000 per year is executed on 1 December 2005. The net present value (NPV) on which tax is paid for this lease is £415,830. The non-residential threshold for NPV on 1 December 2005 was £150,000 and the tax rate 1%. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) of £2,658 was paid when notification of the grant was made.

The tenant continues in occupation past 30 November 2015, and the lease continues beyond the fixed term by tacit relocation.

For SDLT purposes, the lease is treated as being extended by one year, so is now for a term of 11 years from 1 December 2005. The new NPV is £450,077.

Irrespective of any interim changes in rates, thresholds or reliefs, additional tax due on this 11-year lease is calculated using the rates, thresholds and reliefs in place at 1 December 2005. The additional tax due is:

£450,007 - £150,000 = £300,007

x 1% = £3,000

less already paid £2,658 = £342.

As more SDLT is due, this notional extended lease must be notified within 30 days of the day after the expiry of the previous lease (that is on or before 31 December 2015) and the additional tax paid.

For further details of the treatment of leases continuing beyond their fixed term, see SDLTM18730.