Residential rental properties

If you rent out property, you need to:


  • keep records right from the start
  • work out what expenses you can claim as deductions
  • work out if you need to pay tax instalments throughout the year
  • declare all rental-related income in your tax return
  • consider the capital gains tax implications if you sell.


If you have an investment property that isn't rented or available for rent, such as a holiday home, then you generally can't claim deductions because it doesn't generate rental income.
To download a PDF guide on how to treat rental income and expenses, see our rental properties guide.

Owning and renting a property or holiday home
Find out about owning and renting a property and holiday home and check what records you should keep.

Records for rental properties and holiday homes
Find out about what records to keep and for how long for rental properties and holiday homes.

Rental income you must declare
Check which rental income you must declare and where you should declare it in your tax return.

Rental property genuinely available for rent
Find out if your rental property is genuinely available for rent so you can claim deductions and find out what shows your property isn't genuinely available to rent.

Rental property as investment or business
Work out if your rental arrangements are in the form of an investment or a business.

Rental expenses to claim
Check the deductions you can claim for your rental property.

Rental expenses you can't claim
Check the expenses you can't claim as a deduction for your rental property.

Holiday homes
Check if you can claim deductions for your holiday home expenses and any capital gains tax implications if you sell.

Selling your rental property
Find out about capital gains and losses when you sell or dispose of a rental property.

The advice provided is general advice only as, in preparing it we did not take into account your investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs. Before making an investment decision on the basis of this advice, you should consider how appropriate the advice is to your particular investment needs, and objectives. You should also consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement before making any decision relating to a financial product.