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Expenses for which you cannot claim deductions

Last updated 27 June 2018

Expenses for which you are not able to claim deductions include:

  • acquisition and disposal costs of the property
  • expenses not actually incurred by you, such as water or electricity usage charges borne by your tenants
  • expenses that are not related to the rental of a property, such as  
    • expenses connected to your own use of a holiday home that you rent out for part of the year, or
    • costs of maintaining a non-income producing property used as collateral for the investment loan
  • travel expenses to inspect a property before you buy it
  • expenses incurred in relocating assets between rental properties prior to renting
  • expenses for rental seminars about helping you find a rental property to invest in.

You are not entitled to a deduction for travel expenses relating to your residential rental property incurred since 1 July 2017, unless you are:

  • using the property in carrying on a business (including the rental property business), or
  • an excluded entity.

Travel expenses include the costs of travel to inspect, maintain or collect rent for the property, and costs of meals and accommodation related to such travel.

If your travel expenses relating to your residential rental property also relate to another income producing activity, you will need to apportion the expenses on a fair and reasonable basis. For more information, see Apportionment of travel expenses.

From 1 July 2017, you may not claim a deduction for a decline in value of certain second-hand depreciating assets against your residential rental property income unless you are using the property in carrying on a business (including a rental property business), or you are an excluded entity. For more information see Limit on deduction for decline in value of second-hand depreciating assets.

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Acquisition and disposal costs

You cannot claim a deduction for the costs of acquiring or disposing of your rental property, such as:

  • purchase cost of the property
  • fees on bank guarantees in lieu of deposits
  • conveyancing costs
  • advertising expenses
  • fees of a buyer’s agent you engage to find you a suitable rental property to purchase, including where the agent recommends a property manager free of charge as an optional or supplementary service.
  • stamp duty on the transfer of the property (but not stamp duty on a lease of property; see Lease document expenses). However, these costs may form part of the cost base of the property for CGT purposes.

For more information, see Capital gains tax.