The proposed changes to residential property losses will once they are enacted likely to apply from 1 April 2019. The changes mean that residential property deductions can only be offset again residential property income, therefore losses from residential property cannot be used to offset other income.
The losses will need to be carried forward and utilised when the investment makes a profit. The ring-fencing can be applied on a property-by-property basis or on a portfolio basis. It will apply to all properties where the income is taxable in NZ and to all types of entities. The ring-fencing will work similarly to the ring-fencing of mixed use assets.