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Can I claim rental expenses on a property while it is vacant and while rent isn't being paid?

Last year we had a deadbeat tenant who was way behind in rent and then bailed on us in August. The place was dirty and damaged when they left and we haven't been able to rent it since. So this I think is two questions - 1) can I claim expenses (mortgage interest etc) while it was vacant August - Dec? ... And 2) What will happen when I claim essentially zero income as they had effectively paid for Jan-Feb before they bailed.

I imagine it will raise a flag or two.

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Can I claim rental expenses on a property while it is vacant and while rent isn't being paid?

You can claim the repairs and maintenance, and mortgage interest.  It will cause a loss that can be used in the future against a profitable year.

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Can I claim rental expenses on a property while it is vacant and while rent isn't being paid?

Can you claim the months your basement suite goes un-rented (for mortgage interest, insurance, and property taxes?  Our suite was rented 6/12 months in 2018 (due to slow market)
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Can I claim rental expenses on a property while it is vacant and while rent isn't being paid?

You can claim the repairs and maintenance, and mortgage interest.  It will cause a loss that can be used in the future against a profitable year.

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Can I claim rental expenses on a property while it is vacant and while rent isn't being paid?

Just to clarify as i have the similar situation. I had tenant till June 2015. Then in Aug 2015 new tenant came in. So can i claim lost income of month of July as i didnt have tenant in that month only?

Thanks,
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Can I claim rental expenses on a property while it is vacant and while rent isn't being paid?

You cannot claim lost income.  It is just less income to report.
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Can I claim rental expenses on a property while it is vacant and while rent isn't being paid?

Thanks for promote reply.
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