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<<You generally don't receive Section 179 depreciation for rental property. Rental property is NOT considered business property. And Section 179 is only available for business property. So forget the Section 179 expense on the rental. It's contrary to the law.>>


My mistake, I meant to ask that as a schedule C question. The question I should have asked for Schedule E was, "Can I expense tools/equipment I buy to maintain/repair rental properties?" For example, lawnmower, ladder, hammer. And if so, for what property? Or do I spread the cost among those properties where the equipment will be used?

I have a feeling that the IRS might consider equipment like this to be my personal property, and therefore not deductible, but there is no way I would need to buy all of this stuff if it weren't for the rentals. (What I've done in the past was include the equipment as a maintenance or repair expense for the property I initially used the equipment, even if I later use the equipment at another rental property.)

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