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I had a question about IRS deductions. The situation was that in
April 2001, I moved from my home in Baltimore to take a new job in Fairfax VA. I rented an apartment there from April '01 through Oct '02. I NEVER sold or rented out the house in Baltimore during
that time(it stayed vacant, except for my sister and her kids staying there for about 10 days to attend a funeral). I was still paying expenses on this house while I was paying for the apartment in VA
1) mortg 2) electric/gas 3) water 4) paying someone to cut grass
during summer and remove snow during the winter '01-early 02.
I have since moved back into the house (Oct '02)

Am I allowed to deduct the cost of the utils during the April '01 through Oct '02 period ?
take some kind of rental income "loss" during that time, since I did not have a tenant ?

Thanks for your input.
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