Can you claim travel expenses without an ownership interest?

If you do not have an ownership interest in the rental property, you cannot claim travel expenses, even if you travel for the purposes of maintenance or inspections.

Example: Ownership interest

Kei is the sole owner of a rental property. Her husband, Bert, occasionally drives to the rental property in his own car to undertake maintenance. As he has no ownership interest in the property, Bert cannot claim travel expenses. Similarly, since Kei did not travel to the property to undertake the maintenance, she cannot claim a deduction.

If Kei and Bert co-owned the property, Bert could share his travel expenses with Kei in line with their legal interest in the property.

End of example
    Last modified: 05 Jul 2016QC 22093