Homebuyers will be able to take advantage of reduced rates of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) from this week.

The threshold at which LBTT begins to be paid will rise from £145,000 to £250,000 on Wednesday (15 July) and remain in place until 31 March 2021. Excluding the Additional Dwelling Supplement, it means that 80% of home purchasers will pay no LBTT. Home movers buying a home costing more than £250,000 will save £2,100.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “I am delighted that we are able to implement this measure quickly and remove uncertainty from the market.

“Overall, increasing the LBTT threshold will help increase housing market activity, boost the construction sector and stimulate our economy.

“Alongside this distinctive Scottish approach to raising the starting threshold for LBTT, I am also targeting further support in other areas. For example, we are injecting £50m into our First Home Fund, which provides first-time buyers with up to £25,000 to buy a property. This will help an estimated 2,000 first time purchases.”