… was the answer to my query of Mark Hitchin today when I called HM Treaasury again to again try to establish how first time buyers will be ‘proven’ as such with regard to the new stamp duty changes made in this week’s budget.

I keep getting referred to a website which just explains the basic policy and merely mentions the first time buyer caveat but with no further explanation.

I have persisted in enquiring as to whom might be able to actually answer my very fundamental query and am now told that a Mr Jonathan Lepper of the ‘stamp duty policy lead team’ at HM Treasury will be able to assist me.

As ever, this latest contact is currently unreachable by telephone it seems. So I’ve emailed him.

We live in hope of a reply….

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