Tax preparer / accountant: familiar with landlord issues

Hi, 

We are first-time landlords (rented our backyard cottage after building one), and are seeking recommendations for a smart, knowledgeable, experienced and hopefully fast person to help with our taxes in this new chapter of our lives. We’re retired, so no “big deal” financial issues or amounts, but are completely inexperienced at what can & can’t be deducted re: costs to build, maintain, etc.; very small landlords!  (The readings we’ve done left us with almost more questions than answers). If you’ve used such a person for your taxes now that you’re a landlord, would you recommend them?  What was their charge?  Thanks for your recommendations.

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I rent rooms in my home and I rent a vacation home that I built.  I have used private tax preparers and those at HR Block.  Currently I am using the senior preparers at HR Block Temescal and I find them all exceeding knowledgeable and competent--many had careers in finance or accounting and later learned tax law.  You bring in your records and they will talk you through it and prepare your taxes.  If you want to talk to me offline ask the moderator for my contact information.  Best, Small time landlord.