The government’s official consultation exercise on the stamp duty surcharge - launched in controversial circumstances over the Christmas holidays - attracted only 909 responses.
The Treasury says these included submissions from 59 industry bodies, 46 solicitors and conveyancers, 92 corporate investors and developers, 631 individuals and 81 other organisations including charities.
The industry bodies listed in the appendix to the Treasury’s paperwork on the surcharge include the Association of Residential Letting Agents, the RLA and NLA landlord bodies and the Independent Network of Estate Agents - the National Association of Estate Agents does not figure on the list.
Relatively few agents figure, although Countrywide is listed as having made representations.
In last week’s controversial Budget the stamp duty issue - over-shadowed by the subsequent row over disability issues - received only passing mention by Chancellor George Osborne.
The paperwork confirms that the only substantial differences between Osborne’s original announcement in November and his latest Budget are that the stamp duty surcharge will now be applied to large-scale bulk buyers of additional homes (originally exempted), and that the ‘overlap’ period for buyers to own a second home while disposing of the original is 36 months instead of 18 months.
You can see the full Treasury’s consultation documents here.