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Will we have to pay capital gains?

Will we have to pay capital gains?

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Hi I had a small plot retained from the sale of a house in 2006.

Due to planning and English nature this went on the back burner for 9 years. When planning protocol had changed, the neighbour and I put in for planning and was duly passed after time. I purchased her half for 80k which was half the valuation.

The build when finished will be approx 200k.

The amalgamated plot is in my name currently and the build is half finished.

The idea was to move in and be mortgage free.

My situation work wise has now changed from 9 months ago, from being laid off. Now being 56 I am also thinking of calling it a day work wise.

I Also have three properties (Flats) i let mortgage free from purchase in 2009.

I have a mortgage on my main residence of 155k fixed until 2019. So if i rent that for a year and move into the new build will this resolve this problem?

So I suppose my Question is........ if we live there for a year and make it my main residence, then sell it, is it free of gain?

Or should I put it in our joint names and sell after a year as back up insurance? my partner does not have a property.

I also believe as an option I can gift it to my other half? as long as I live 7 years? Then she can sell it tax free?

Seems to be a very grey area due to my change in circumstances, well in general.

I am sure I am not the first person in this situation, and I welcome any advice from an Expert or other readers who have been in this situation or received advice.
Thx in advance. 1st time selfbuilder.

Asked by NMHARLEY