Rental property repairs

Rental property repairs
With the end of the tax year approaching it could be worth considering any repairs that are required to your rental property.

Undertaking repairs and maintenance before the 5th April would allow the costs to be included within the self assessment return for this year and tax relief obtained sooner.
It is important to understand what is actually a repair rather than an improvement. For example, a fitted kitchen, replacement of base units, wall units, sink, fitted cooker and hob, associated re-plastering and re-tiling would be deemed that the overall kitchen had been replaced with one of a similar standard, just a modern equivalent.   

However, if additional cabinets or equipment were installed, or the kitchen is upgraded using higher quality materials then the whole expenditure would be capital and not a repair and not allowed as an expense to reduce your rental profit for income tax.

The distinction between a repair and an improvement can sometimes be difficult and it is important that you get advice so that you can make a claim for any deductions that are owing to you.

Here are a few more examples of work that you do to the property which is classed as a repair:

  • Painting and decorating the interior and exterior of the property
  • Damp and rot treatment that is required
  • Mending windows, doors, furniture and appliances
  • Exterior work such as re-pointing, replacing roof tiles and guttering

If you are unsure about whether the work you have done to your property constitutes a repair or an improvement please do get in touch with us, we are more than happy to advise you.  Give us a ring on 0115 956 9452 or send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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