Owners of rental properties that are being rented out or are ready and available for rent can claim immediate deductions for a range of expenses such as:
- interest on investment loans
- land tax
- council and water rates
- body corporate charges
- repairs and maintenance
- agent’s commission
- pest control
- leases (preparation, registration and stamp duty)
- advertising for tenants
- reasonable travel to inspect properties.
Landlords may be entitled to claim annual deductions for the declining value of depreciable assets (such as stoves, carpets and hot-water systems), and capital-works deductions spread over a number of years (for structural improvements, like re-modelling a bathroom).