Tax Return Requirements for Rental Properties

Note that if you use a Real Estate Agency, they provide monthly statements of rent received and expenses paid
by them from rental payments. These statements should be supplied. If not you will need to supply the

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  • Date property first rented or available to rent
  • Number of weeks property rented during the year


  • Records of rental income received
  • Records of other income received i.e. tenants payments for water, gas, electricity or Bonds etc


  • Advertising for tenants
  • Bank charges
  • Body corporate fees and charges (excludes levies for capital works)
  • Council rates
  • Electricity and gas
  • Gardening and lawn mowing
  • Interest on loans (for rental purchase only)
  • Insurance
    • Home and/or contents policy renewal
    • Landlord insurance policy renewal
  • Land taxes
  • Lease documents charges
  • Mortgage discharge expenses
  • Pest control
  • Post and stationery
  • Real Estate commissions and expenses
  • Repairs and Maintenance (excludes capital works)
  • Security patrol fees
  • Travel expenses for rent collection, repairs or scheduled inspections
  • Water charges


  • Borrowing expenses – fees charged by the bank for finance may be claimed over 5 years
  • Depreciation – items such as electrical equipment furniture, certain floor coverings and window
    furnishing may be depreciated over their effective lives. The original purchase cost and date installed are
    required for depreciation schedules or you can get a Quantity Surveyors’ report with depreciation
    breakdowns for Buildings and Plant & Equipment.