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apparently my question wasn't very clear....sorry


I'm thinking about buying an apartment to rent it out. I know what the costs are related to the purchase. I was wondering if anyone knew how, or if, the rental income is taxed in Belgium, more specifically in Brussels.


R.Harris Jun 7, 2017 18:17

I know nothing about it but I wonder why rental income would be treated any differently than any other kind of income though there very probably are expenses that one could claim against the rental income.

becasse Jun 7, 2017 21:01

Because that is, and always has been, the law in Belgium - but note that it only applies to property that is let for strictly residential purposes, which is why it is commonplace for residential rental contracts to prohibit any commercial use of the property (e.g. working from home).

Of course, the fact that the income isn't subject to taxation (other than the fixed property tax) feeds through into achievable rentals - one of the reasons why the rental value/ capital value ratio is lower in Belgium than in most comparable countries.

CM Jun 7, 2017 21:31

The first answer is the reason you should ask professional advice rather than ask on a forum, and presumably if you can afford to buy real estate you can go to a notary and get it .

kasseistamper Jun 8, 2017 08:36

Income from letting unfurnished domestic property is not taxed.
If the property is furnished then the income from the portion which is assessed as being for the furnishings IS taxed.

Drifter Jun 9, 2017 15:53

As far as I know, you do not pay any income tax for a rental house. I think you must be paying cadastral income every year but the rent you get is tax free which is quite unusual. Many countries do not charge you for the place you live (that is not included in the tax) but any rental house 2,3, 4 , whatever the number is, you are charged. However, in Belgium it completely goes to your pocket.

I Jun 9, 2017 19:28

No income tax on a single second residence you cannot live in and the residence can be anywhere in or out of Belgium. Note single second residence

katie Jun 10, 2017 16:09

i answered your first question. please check there.

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