Generally, transactions involving non-residential properties will be unaffected by the ADS. The ADS will, however, apply to any transaction where the subject matter of the transaction consists of or includes the acquisition of ownership of a dwelling.
There is therefore the potential for some transactions involving dwellings to be taxed as non-residential property transactions for the purposes of the LBTT(S)A 2013 and for the ADS to apply, at least in part, to those transactions.
The LBTT(S)A 2013 provides for two separate "non-residential property transaction" scenarios for the purposes of the application of LBTT:
1) Where either the main subject-matter of the transaction consists of or includes an interest in land that is not a residential property or, where the transaction is one of a number of linked transactions, the main subject-matter of any transaction consists of or includes such an interest, such a transaction will comprise a "non-residential property transaction".
In the majority of cases, a non-residential property transaction will have no residential property aspect. There will be some non-residential transactions, however, which involve a residential property aspect, such as the purchase of a shop with a flat above.
2) Where six or more separate dwellings are the subject of a single transaction involving the transfer of a major interest in them, then those dwellings are to be treated as non-residential property for the purposes of the LBTT(S)A 2013.
In both of the above scenarios, LBTT is charged on such transactions at non-residential rates.
However, as the LBTT(A)(S)A 2016 provides for the subject-matter of a transaction to consist of or include the acquisition of ownership of a dwelling, the ADS will apply to any qualifying transaction involving residential and non-residential property or one involving the purchase of 6 or more dwellings. Full relief is available from the ADS, however, for any transaction in which a buyer (whether an individual or non-natural person) purchases six or more residential properties in one transaction. Further details on the ADS reliefs available can be found in part LBTT10040 of the guidance.
Where applicable to non-residential property transactions, the amount of ADS that will apply will be 4% of the part of the chargeable consideration for that transaction attributable to the dwelling or dwellings (including any interest or right pertaining to ownership of the dwelling or dwellings). The chargeable consideration attributable to the dwelling or dwellings is calculated on the basis of a just and reasonable apportionment.