This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about cookies on this website and how to delete cookies, see our privacy notice.

Tools which collect anonymous data to enable us to see how visitors use our site and how it performs. We use this to improve our products, services and user experience.


A bit of data which remembers the affiliate who forwarded a user to our site and recognises orders from those who become customers through that affiliate.


Tools that enable essential services and functionality, including identity verification, service continuity and site security.

Enrol now on the free landlord tax strategies course

To enrol in the 7 tax saving strategies email course complete the form below. The first module will be emailed to you immediately.

Enrol now on the free landlord tax strategies course

Thank You!

Free Tax Saving Strategies Course
The seven FREE property tax busting strategies course reveals the secrets of how to legitimately beat the taxman and boost your property profits!
View All Questions

How much of the repair etc. costs can I reclaim against the potential capital gain of the sale?

As a landlord, I have let a property to the same couple for the past eight years. Unfortunately, we had to evict them to gain access to the property. They left the property in a very poor state of repair and maintenance and we have had to: (a) spend significant time and effort removing abandoned goods and rubbish from the property which has meant several visits to the property 100 miles from our home incurring overnight stops, travel & accommodation costs; (b) get contractors to do an in-depth clean; (c) get the decorators to do a significant amount of re-decoration; and (d) spend more days working on the garden which had become a wilderness which has incurred more travel and accommodation costs. When this is all done, we plan to sell. How much of the above costs can I reclaim against the potential capital gain of the sale?

Arthur Weller replies:
If you look at, in the section headed ‘Dilapidations’ (first bullet point), the implication is that your expenditure is not an allowable revenue expense, because it is not in order to further your future rental business; the reason being because your intention now is to sell the property.

Property Tax Insider This sample question and answer is taken from Property Tax Insider, a monthly UK tax saving magazine for landlords and property investors.

The first issue is free so click here to try today!

Got a burning tax question?

Why not submit a tax question to our tax advisors

Ask a Question