Thanks for your question - I am Sam and I am one of the Uk tax experts here on Just Answer
Can I ask
1) Do you have a managing agent that collects rents etc for you
2) Are there any other reasons you come back to the UK or are the visits JUST just for property maintenance, and how large are these jobs that see you having to come back to the Uk rather than hire out tradesmen?
3) How long are each of the visits which would require you to rent out property whilst you re in the UK ?
Thanks for your responses
As you stay long enough in the UK to visit relatives then these costs were not wholly and exclusively expenditure that arises for the house and carrying out maintenance.
Furthermore HMRC will question why you did not use the managing agent to get a tradesman in - as I assume they are there to manage the rental month by month in your absence, and you pay them to do this so this is further cost that you have already incurred and for this reason along with the fact you visit relatives whilst here - I am afraid HMRC will not accept any element of the claim to date.
I should also advsie getting this property ready for rental is not an allowable cost as you can only claim for costs incurred once you have tenants in place (so genuine maintenance and repairs)
You did not advsie furtehr how come you paid out rental costs but as this is not a valid claim then how or why those costs arose are I am afraid also not even to be considered.
Same with costs to and from airports or car or van hire. HMRC will just view this as funding a holiday which I am sure you can appreciate.
Costs for the repairs and the costs to and from where you stay in the Uk to the rental property would be allowed.
I am sorry the news is not more favourable.
For future claims - you would have to either ask the managing agent to oversee the repairs OR make sure trips to the UK were solely for the repairs or maintenance and those costs can only be allowable when you have tenants living in the properties and you are collecting the rents.
Then you could have the costs to and from the UK and costs whilst here
Thanks for your response and apologies for my delay I was with a client on the telephone
Any decorating between tenants is your cost to bear and not an allowable cost against the rental income so any costs associated to carry out these costs are also not allowable
Only genuine repairs and maintenance whilst the tenants is living there (so they can make use of a fully functional clean and dry property) are allowable costs