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Tax do's and don'ts

Dos

1. If you travel to inspect or repair your property, or to collect rent, you may be able to claim the cost of your trip.
2. Keep records of the travel expenses that you have claimed and be ready to show your reason of the trips if audited.
3. Apportion expenses of your trip to the property if there is a mix of rental and private reasons. For example, linking to the visit to a holiday.
4. If your property is far away from where you live, and you need to stay overnight due to the distance, you may be able to claim the local expenses incurred. For example, cost of meals and accommodation.
5. If you co-own a property with your partner and he or she travels to the property to carry out repairs, the cost of travel can be shared between you both in line with your legal interest in the property.

Don'ts

1. Do not claim travel expenses that are incidental to the main purpose of the trip. For example, if you pick up rent on the way to work, because the main purpose of your trip is private and you cannot claim any cost of this trip.
2. If you fly to inspect your rental property while also having a holiday there, do not claim the cost of airfares as it is mainly private. But local expenses incurred there may be deductible, such as taxi fares to get to the property.
3. Do not claim travel expenses incurred before the property is available for rent. For example, travelling to inspect the property before it was purchased.
4. If you use your rental property as a holiday house and you stay there for a holiday, do not claim the cost of travel as the trips are private.
5. If you are the sole owner of the property and your partner uses his or her vehicle to get to the property for repairs and maintenance, neither of you can claim any of the travel expenses.