Let me explain a simple situation the best I can. Hoping this is the right location and relevant I have a new property in NSW which I settled on in Feb 2013. This was my second property, but the only one I own and so hence it was considered my primary place of residence. Lived there from Feb2014 - June 2015. (16 months) Rented it out from July 2015 - present (Feb 2016). I am renting another unit in the city closer to work. So for the current tax year, this is the first time I need to declare the rental income and claim the expenses on my tax return. This is a bit daunting, so I hired a tax accountant to take care of this. There is one twist: The tenant owns a cat and the cat has damaged the carpet (minor urine marks - nothing major, but maybe this is significant). I have agreed with the tenant that the installation of 'floating floor boards' in the unit would be an appropriate action to improve the hygiene and ease maintenance of the unit. Looking to get this done this FY (before June). Question is, should I request a depreciation report now, or wait until after the floorboards are installed? Second question is, can I claim the expenses as tax deductable since the carpet was damaged?