Maintenance and repairs

Lesson 1

Maintenance and repair costs, but not improvements, are allowable. If the cost of repairs is covered by your insurance you can only claim the additional expenses not covered by the insurance payment.

Typical maintenance or repair costs are:

  • Repairing water/gas leaks, burst pipes
  • repairing electrical faults
  • replacing broken windows, doors, gutters, roof slates/tiles
  • repairing internal/external walls, roofs, floors
  • repainting and redecorating (but not improving) the property to restore it to its original condition
  • treating damp or rot
  • re-pointing, stone cleaning
  • hiring equipment to carry out necessary repair work
  • replacing existing fixtures and fittings, such as radiators, boilers, water tanks, bathroom suites, and kitchens, but not electrical/gas appliances
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