When preparing tax returns I often have to remind my cli
ents that they may not be claiming for all allowable expenses against their rental income.
I have prepared a checklist which may assist landlords in ensuring they are claiming for everything they should. Remember all expenses should be wholly and exclusively for the business purpose and not of a capital nature.
- Accountants Fees (For preparing rental accounts)
- Advertising fees for advertising the property. (Invoice from Daft or a local newspaper)
- Rates and levies (Water rates are often missed)
- Repairs (These should not be of a capital nature)
- Refuse charges
- Insurance on the property
- Management fee’s (Example the actual cost of collecting the rent)
- Services paid for by the landlord (Examples: Gas, Electricity ect)
- Wear and tear on fixtures and fittings (Example: Carpet, cooker, central heating)
- Maintenance Costs (Landlord can not charge for her own time so its worth while paying someone to cut the grass or clean the apartment in between tenants!)
- Interest paid on loans to purchase, repair or improve the property. (75% allowable, Everyone claims for their mortgage interest but a lot of landlords forget to claim for the interest on loans the may have on repairing the property)
- Legal fees to cover the drawing up of leases or the issue of solicitors letters to tenants who default on payment of rent.
- Certain mortgage protection policy premiums with
This list is obviously not conclusive.
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