Allowable Property Expenses

1. Allowable expenses for rental income

Landlords can typically claim most expenses providing they relate directly to renting or maintaining the property. Property improvements, such as extensions, cannot be claimed against rental income but can instead be claimed against capital gains when the property is sold

If subletting one room in your house, whilst using the rest for private purposes, the expenses must be apportioned accordingly.

Common expenses which can be deducted include:

  • Letting agents' fees, accountant's fees, and legal fees (for lets of less than 12 months)
  • Rent, ground rent, and service charges (including cleaners and gardeners wages which are part of the rental agreement)
  • Gas and electricity, water rates, and costs associated with attracting new tenants
  • Mortgage interest - not mortgage repayments we have further information on this area in our handy guide to mortgage interest relief changes

2. Domestic items relief

Previously the “wear and tear” allowance enabled landlord's to claim up to 10% of the annual rent each year.

This has now been superseded by the replacement of domestic items relief. This new tax relief applies to anything spent on replacing what the government identifies as domestic items such as replacement furniture, crockery, or white goods.

It is important to note that the relief only applies to the cost of a replacement rather than an upgrade.

This relief doesn't cover items purchased in order to furnish a property or room for the first time It only applies when an item is replaced and no longer used.

It is also possible to claim the cost of disposing of items, this is typically used for electrical items.

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