• Rental property expenses

    What you can claim

    You can claim expenses relating to your rental property but only for the period your property was rented or available for rent; for example, advertised for rent.

    Expenses could include:

    If part of your property is used to earn rent, you can claim expenses relating to only that part of the property. You will need to work out a reasonable basis to apportion the claim. As a general guide, apportionment should be made on a floor-area basis, that is, by reference to the floor area of that part of the residence solely occupied by the tenant, together with a reasonable figure for tenant access to the general living areas, including garage and outdoor areas if applicable.


    Gerard’s private residence includes a second storey which he rented out. The second storey represents 30% of the total floor area of the house. Gerard also shared the laundry with his tenant. The laundry takes up 10% of the total floor area of the house. If half is a reasonable figure for use of the laundry by the tenant, Gerard can claim 35% of the expenses for the property – that is:

    30% + (1/2 x 10%) = 35%.

    End of example
    Further information

    Taxation Ruling IT 2167External Link – Income tax: rental properties – non-economic rental, holiday home, share of residence, etc. cases, family trust cases will give you more details about apportionment.

    End of further information
    • Last modified: 29 Jun 2015QC 16824