Expenses for which you can claim an immediate deduction



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Expenses for which you may be entitled to an immediate deduction in the income year you incur the expense include:

  • advertising for tenants
  • bank charges
  • body corporate fees and charges*
  • cleaning
  • council rates
  • electricity and gas
  • gardening and lawn mowing
  • in-house audio/video service charges
  • insurance
    • building
    • contents
    • public liability
  • interest on loans*
  • land tax
  • lease document expenses*
    • preparation
    • registration
    • stamp duty
  • legal expenses* (excluding acquisition costs and borrowing costs)
  • mortgage discharge expenses*
  • pest control
  • property agent's fees and commission
  • quantity surveyor's fees
  • repairs and maintenance*
  • secretarial and bookkeeping fees
  • security patrol fees
  • servicing costs - for example, servicing a water heater
  • stationery and postage
  • telephone calls and rental
  • tax-related expenses
  • travel and car expenses*
    • rent collection
    • inspection of property
    • maintenance of property
  • water charges.

You can claim a deduction for these expenses only if you actually incur them and they are not paid by the tenant. Deductions marked with an asterisk (*) are discussed in detail below.

Last modified: 23 Oct 2009QC 27952