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  1. Hi, can you claim food or meals as an expense as a landlord? Thats the main question and now for a bit of specifics. i know the wholly and exclusively thing. You can claim travel expenses such as 45p per mile for travel (up to 10k miles). I’ve read in many places that if visiting a property that requires an overnight stay then the stay and meals are deductible as long as the stay is ‘wholly and exclusively’ for attending the property. In my specific case that I'm questioning, my rental properties are an hour to an hour and a half drive away. Ive recently purchased another BTL that requires the usual pre rental visits to take meter readings, change the locks, tidy the place up, repair minor issues ‘without improvements’, maybe a lick of fresh paint and visit local letting agents etc etc. During all of this I must have driven there maybe 10 times. I shall claim mileage but due to being away all day ive had to buy for lunch and/or dinner ‘cheap’ quick meals like tesco meal deals, mcdonalds or whatever. Can the costs of these foods bills be claimed? I believe they can, im only there for business reasons, I’m having to eat out due to not being at home solely for business reasons, they aren’t overly expensive like 5* restaurants with drink etc and are reasonable and all others costs of being there are deductible such as mileage, parking costs and repairs. Many Thanks for a response guys I know this should help a lot of people. Scott Child
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