Mortgage Interest

Q. I have a Buy to Let property but the rent only just covers the mortgage repayments. Do I still have to declare this for tax purposes?

14th July 2017

A. In short, the answer is yes. Even if you are making a loss on a rental property you have to report this to the Revenue Commissioners.

You should also note that it is only a portion of your mortgage interest that is allowable against your rental income and not your entire mortgage repayment.

You can claim mortgage interest as a deduction:

  • while your property is rented out
  • in between renting out the property as long as you do not live in it during that time
  • if you are registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

You cannot claim a deduction for mortgage interest between the time you buy the property and the time you first rent out the property.

From 1 January 2017, you can deduct 80% of the interest paid on your mortgage on a rental property. For earlier years, the figure is 75% of the interest paid.

In certain situations, you may be able to claim 100% mortgage interest relief. To qualify you must:

  • rent out your property for three years to tenants receiving certain social housing supports.
  • be registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).

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