Category Archives: Rental Properties

Rental Under Water

Today TaxMama® hears from Chris in the TaxQuips Forum with a good question. “In the near future I plan to purchase a 2nd home in a different city, and move my primary residence to that property. I will rent my current home. The mortgage for my current property is underwater. The rent I can charge […]

Converting to Rental

Today TaxMama® hears from Connie in the TaxQuips Forum with this question “What is the cost basis that should be used for property that had a HUD cost of $63,000 back in 1997 when the current owner acquired it? It was recently (2011) converted to a rental property. The 2011 value of the property is […]

Mobile Home Rental

Today TaxMama® hears from Klondike in the TaxQuips Forum with this question.  “In March, I purchased a new mobile home and placed it on property I own. It is skirted with wheels removed and set on cement pillars. My son lives in the home and pays rent. Is it best to depreciate the home for […]

Moved out Too Soon

Today TaxMama® hears from Elisa in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “I purchased a home in 2009 getting a first-time homebuyers credit. I lived in it for 1 year.  I moved to be closer to work and am renting an apartment. I have been renting my house out since July 2010.  How will me […]

The Future Retirement Home

Today TaxMama hears from Gary in the TaxQuips Forum with a planning question. “We need advice on the logistics for purchasing a home to presently rent, with the intention of living in this home when we retire in a few years. We need more information on this topic to ensure we make wise decisions.”

Selling Rental House

  Today TaxMama hears from Debra in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to know. “How can I sell my rental home without paying taxes on the profit?” (Actually, the question is much longer. You can read the details, here.)

Homebuyer Credit Nightmare

  Today TaxMama hears from Jewelz in the Tax Quips Forum, in distress. “I purchased my primary residence in October of 2009. My roommate moved out in April 2011. That led me to turn home into a rental due to not being able to make mortgage payments. I am barely breaking even, so there is […]

Residence or Travel

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum, with this issue. “We have a rental property that we want to re-establish residency in for the 2 year period without selling our current home we live in. I have to go back to work near the rental property so it is my plan to stay […]

Landlord Costs

  Today TaxMama hears from Eric in the TaxQuips Forum, who is a new landlord. “During periods of vacancy (in between tenants), are mortgage and utility bills tax deductible at all? Also are the costs of replacement furnace filters and pest control items, etc. purchased and used by me (the landlord) deductible as operating expenses?”  

Unreasonable Rent

  Today TaxMama hears from David in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “My mother has owned rental property for many years and she has a tenant in one side of a duplex that has been there about fifteen years.  My mother has always been reluctant to raise the rent on “good” tenants so this […]

Vacation to Orlando

Today TaxMama hears from Shaun in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to write off his vacation. “My son and I are traveling to Florida. I have a property in Jacksonville, FL that I need to check on. Can I fly in and out of Jacksonville to take care of business? Then drive to Orlando for […]

Helping Son Pay College Loans

Today TaxMama hears from Jack in the TaxQuips Forum who is bursting with pride over his son. “We are in more of a position to help my graduating son financially than when he started 3.5 years ago. He’s very sharp with investments. So we’re looking for ways to develop these skills while building cash to […]