How to calculate rental income

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How to calculate rental income
Calculating your rental income is simple. (house image by hans slegers from

You have a rental property and now you want to calculate the income the property is generating. There are a few expenses you will need to factor into your cost calculations that are easy to overlook. Once you factor in your expenses, all that remains is some simple arithmetic.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Calculate the annual operating expense of the property by adding the property tax, insurance and repair costs. Refer to the 1098 tax document from your lender for the amount of property taxes for the year and to your insurance statement for the premium.

  2. 2

    Calculate the annual depreciation expense of the building by dividing the original cost of the building, excluding the land, by 27.5 years.

  3. 3

    Determine your annual mortgage interest expense by referring to the 1098 statement from your lender.

  4. 4

    Add the operating, depreciation and annual mortgage interest expenses.

  5. 5

    Calculate the rental income by subtracting the expenses from the amount of rent you received for the year.

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