In most urban areas, maintenance of building is undertaken by the society, federation, company or common body and the expenses for such maintenance are substantial. The same need to be allowed as deduction against rental income so as to ensure that it is only the real income that is brought to tax. There is a spate of litigation that prevails in the country on account of this item of expense. Amending the law and allowing a deduction for the same would lead to considerable reduction in litigation.

No provision presently exists to allow deduction for maintenance charges paid to a housing society etc even though it is a substantial and recurring expense.

New clause be inserted to provide deduction of maintenance charges paid to Society, federation etc.


Contribution towards maintenance charges actually paid to society, company, federation or common body should be allowed as deduction.

Source-  ICAI Pre-Budget Memorandum–2018 (Direct Taxes and International Tax)
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