Deductible Rental Property Expenses

Emma Glover

If you own a rental property that is rented or is genuinely available for rent, you can claim a deduction for certain expenses during for the period.

However, you cannot claim a deduction for your personal use of the property, or any expenses covered by the tenant.

Below is a list of the common tax-deductible expenses:

  • Land tax
  • Council rates
  • Water rates, charges & usage
  • Pest Control
  • Gardening & lawn mowing
  • Cleaning
  • Advertising for tenants
  • Insurance (building, contents, public liability, loss of rent)
  • Repairs & maintenance
  • Interest on rental property loans
  • Electricity & gas
  • Property agent fees
  • Legal fees
  • Body corporate fees
  • Quantity surveyor’s fees

Additionally, there are expenses that may be claimed over several years:

  • Borrowing expenses
  • Capital expenditure
  • Capital improvements
  • Depreciating assets

To claim these deductions, you need to keep accurate records.