2022 – 12/27 – Renting to a relative? Watch out for tax traps

If you rent a home you own to a relative, there may be tax consequences. Renting out a home you own may result in a tax loss for you even if the rental income is more than your operating costs. You’re entitled to a depreciation deduction for your cost of the home (except for the portion allocated to the land). But if your tenant is related to you, special rules and limits may apply. For this purpose, “related” means a spouse, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent or sibling. No limits apply if 1) you rent to a relative who uses it as a principal residence (not just as a second or vacation home) for the year, and 2) it’s rented at fair market rent (not discounted).


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