Rental Deduction info needed...
I am still alittle confused about the $5000.00 allowed "start up deductions". Maybe someone here has the answers:
This will be the first home that I will rent out. I just bought it as an REO and am waiting for escrow to close.
I know that paint and basic repairs fall under this section BUT If I want to replace some carpet, replace stove and some light fixtures that are broken these do not seem to fall under the "start up" deductions (or am I wrong).
I have heard that you must advertise that the home is available in order for these things to be deemed "operating expenses". But how do you advertise that the home is available for rent, thus allowing you to take improvement depreciation, if it is not truely move-in ready? I'm confused. I can also afford to have the home vacant but I would like to get the best tax break available also. How do you plan to work through this? Thanks for any info.