Tag Archives: Leasehold estate

Loss on Leasehold Interest

Today TaxMama hears from Gordon in the Tax Quips Forum, who wants fairness. “In 1996 I purchased a leasehold interest in a lot in a recreational vehicle park.  The lot is on leased land owned by someone else.  Since there was actually no real property I assumed I would not have to pay capital gains […]

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?”  

Read the Contract

  Today TaxMama hears from someone with an endless set of questions. “It started out as a question about a lease buyout, which turned out not to be about an equipment lease, but a landlord-tenant lease, which turned out to be about a tenant-former tenant thing, which…”  

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 […]

Avoid Bad Tenants

Today TaxMama hears from Jack in the TaxQuips Forum, who had a really bad experience.  “I have a rental property and rented to a woman for a total of 2 months. First, she gave me two bad checks (1st month rent and deposit) and moved in. I found out 2 wks later the checks were bad. […]

Renting Out Rooms

Today TaxMama hears from Bloomers in the TaxQuips Forum. She is renting out the rooms in her 5-bedroom house. Bloomers asks.  “What are the laws for renting out rooms?  If the amount I am making in rent every month, on average, does not amount to the total cost of the mortgage and house expenses, is […]

Tenant Mess

Today TaxMama hears from Anne in New Jersey with this problem. “My tenant was evicted on 6/30/09. She left owing $4,000 in back rent – and she vandalized the townhouse. So far, I have spent $13,000 in repairs (contractor fees and supplies) to bring the townhouse into rentable condition. Can I claim the $13,000 on […]

Leasehold Improvements

Today TaxMama hears from David in New York with this sensible question. “I have leasehold improvements in a warehouse I rent. The lease is five years. May I depreciate the leasehold improvements over the life of the lease, or five years? Next year, may I depreciate the improvements over the remaining life, or four years?”