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What is a deductible repair?

The ATO has released a document to assist owners of rental properties when claiming deductions for repairs.

A repair is usually ‘occasional’ and ‘partial’. Repairs typically replace a part of something or restore

something to its original working order. For example, a repair includes fixing a window that has been broken, or restoring an air conditioning unit to proper functioning where parts have worn out or deteriorated and have to be replaced.

If you need to replace something entirely, like a complete set of kitchen cupboards, this suggests that it is not a repair.

Some activities which are often mistaken for deductible repairs include:

  • insulating a property
  • repainting a house that had defective paint work at the time it was acquired
  • replacement of an entire structure or unit of property, like a complete fence or shed, a stove, or worn out kitchen cupboards and
  • extending the size of a house.

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