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Let's try a little logic (not always applicable to tax code). Items which are depreciated, but no longer exist at the time of sale are not subject to recaptured depreciation. Over time rentals require maintanance: flooring, applicances, and especially areas with water require repair/replacement. Many of these items aren't deductible in the year bought, but must be depreciated over the life of the item and maybe replaced multiple times.

And with a vacation rental, depreciation includes appliances, wall to wall carpet and furnishings, which are depreciated over a much shorter period of time. I think things like dishes and linens are just expensed.

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