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    Can I buy renovation goods for property before actually owning it

    Hi, l'm a first time landlord or I will be in 4 weeks when the property completes. My question is can I buy stuff for the property ie kitchen, carpets, paint before l actually own the property and still use these receipts for tax returns. Regards Lee

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    Yes to the timing - they're being purchased for the rental property.
    They become tax allowable on the day the property is first rented.

    However, not all the items you list are allowed against income - carpets are furnishings, for example and exempt, whereas laminate floor, lino or tiles are fixtures.
    Talk to your accountant.
    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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      JP Keates
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      by AndrewDod
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