In Zyrieda Denning, MH Hants Limited & MP Hants Limited v HMRC [2021] UKUT76 (LC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) determined that the market value of a leasehold interest, for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in two care homes was substantially less than that calculated under the RICS principles. The RICS valuation included separate goodwill which was not chargeable to SDLT.

The UT found the value of the leasehold interest calculated under the RICS guidance only represented goodwill and not any additional premium on the lease. There was no premium on the lease that could be subject to SDLT as:

The UT determined that the value of the leasehold interest for both care homes was nil.

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External links

Zyrieda Denning, MH Hants Limited & MP Hants Limited v HMRC [2021] UKUT76 (LC)

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