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    I may be misunderstanding this Hamilton Fraser guide (see excerpt below) but are self-employed landlords allowed to claim travel expenses or not? Thanks.

    "A self-employed landlord can claim some of these – the costs of travel with your own vehicle and working from home – using ‘simplified expenses’. Simplified expenses use a flat rate for these costs to avoid complicated calculations: they’re by far the easiest way to claim expenses.

    There are some specific things to think about here, as a landlord.

    Firstly, your travel expenses. HMRC does not allow you to claim “regular and predictable” travel between your home and your place of work.

    This means you can’t claim for travelling between your home and your existing properties. You can claim for travelling to view new properties, but only if you end up buying the property."
    assume everything I write is preceded by IMHO...

    #2
    If you do diy repairs to your BTL property, you can claim mileage allowance for using car to take tools and repair materials to the property or to visit property to change the door lock or check new keys are cut correctly.

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      #3
      So I cannot claim mileage for doing quarterly inspections or annual gas safety certificates etc as these would be considered "predictable" but diy is ok because it is unpredictable in nature?
      assume everything I write is preceded by IMHO...

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        #4
        As far as I am concerned the advice you are reading is bull. You can claim all mileage. A rental property is not your regular place of work which applies to fixed PAYE jobs. A freelance teacher who travels to the homes of various students can claim all the costs of her travel. It's a cost.

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          #5
          I agree with the above.
          A rental property is not a regular place of work in that sense.

          As long as the travel is wholly and exclusively for your business, it can be treated as an allowable expense.
          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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            #6
            Thank you for your replies. The guide was for this tax year, so I just thought I had missed some changes in HMRC legislation!
            assume everything I write is preceded by IMHO...

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