Can I deduct my time as an expense if I perform emergency repairs?

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9:27 AM, 8th November 2017
About 3 years ago

Can I deduct my time as an expense if I perform emergency repairs?

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Can I deduct my time as an expense if I perform emergency repairs?

My tenants arrived back from hols to find water pouring in through a leaking roof vent down via a 9inch pipe connected to an en suite extractor fan.

I couldn’t get a local trades person to attend despite spending a full morning of calling. My tenants have and continue to be brilliant, but despite their understanding I felt obliged to fix the problem, not wanting it to get worse for them and me.

I was able to fix the vent, refit and insulate the extractor vent. The materials cost was approx £65, which I’m confident is an acceptable and permissible expense.

But what about my time and labour? It was a 40 mile round trip to do the first inspection, then a morning spent buying materials, a second 40 mile trip then a couple of hours performing the repairs.

If possible what would be a reasonable cost? Base it on getting a quote from a trades person?

Any help and advice gratefully received.

Thanks

James


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James B

14:17 PM, 8th November 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Graham Bowcock at 08/11/2017 - 13:59
Thanks Graham, makes sense. Echoing Neil’s time is profit comment. Much appreciated.

steve watt

21:56 PM, 9th November 2017
About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Gabriela S at 08/11/2017 - 11:29
This is a perfectly good practice as long as rates so unreasonable as to be challenged by HMRC. You still need to need enough net property income to allow the 20% tax credit arising from interest paid to be offset against income tax relating to the property (because this tax credit cannot be used to offset other income tax)

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