Q. I own a number of rental properties but this year I’ve been sued over unpaid service charges. The dispute has been resolved, but I’ve been left with legal costs. Can I deduct those legal costs from the property rental income for the year?
A. In general any legal fees associated with acquiring or improving the property or defending the title to the property or extending a lease on a property cannot be deducted from the rental income, as they are capital expenditure. Other legal fees associated with annual bills or service charges should be allowable. You should keep all the paper work associated with the dispute just in case the Taxman asks about the legal fees in future.