Rental Property: What Records Do You Need To Keep?

Sep 15, 2020

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What records do you need to keep for your rental* property? Here is a general guide. Note that this list assumes you are using a property manager.  All costs are for the 12 months preceding 31 March:


RENTAL PROPERTY

  • Copy of Sale & Purchase Agreement (if 1st year)
  • Total Rent Received
  • Insurances, e.g. Landlord Protection, Mortgage Protection, House
  • Legal fees
  • Property Management fees (if applicable)
  • Rates – water and Council
  • Maintenance, including any purchases e.g. heat-pump
  • Rubbish collection (if you are paying for it)
  • Property improvements (detailed invoices please)
  • Any other fees or charges
  • Sale and purchase agreement
  • Valuation/s

HOME OFFICE
In our view, Home Office expenses can be claimed if you have rental property; however, as it is generally passive income (unless you are managing the properties yourself) we recommend a conservative claim, as follows:

  • Telephone – please separate out the costs of line rental, internet and tolls
  • Mobile phone costs
  • Stationery, e.g., printer ink, pens, paper etc
  • Visits to the rental property – please record the date of each trip you make to your rental property to check on it.
  • Any existing (if not claimed before) or new business related expenses e.g., computer, cell phone, iPad etc. Include make, model, date and cost
  • Any “home office” improvements (if in doubt, please keep records and we can verify these at year end)

MORTGAGE/S INFORMATION
For the rental property:

  • Full bank statements for the 12 months ending 31 March
  • Applicable interest rate
  • Balance remaining on mortgages as at 31 March
  • Any fees charged

If you’d like a downloadable copy, please see below.

Why keep good records? The better your records, the more expenses can be legitimately claimed, and the better the tax result is for you.  


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* For guidelines on Business Expenses (non-rental property) please see this page.

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The IRD provides a guide here under the heading “Deductions You Can and Can’t Claim.” 

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