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Is there a way to write off operating expenses for investment property?

My relatives own investment property in California and want to write off the operating expenses. Their personal income is more than $150,000 a year, so they have been told that they are very limited in writing off expenses for the property. Would it be better for them to start an LLC or corporation to manage the property so they can have an avenue to write off more expenses? Can they write off these expenses if the LLC or corporation doesn't own the property?
Nina Kaufman answered July 11, 2008
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/answer/221511
If they haven’t already, your relatives should speak to an accountant who is familiar with accounting procedures for investment properties. Not all accountants are comfortable with this area.

The reasons their write-offs are (supposedly) limited may have little to do with their income and more with the way in which they are writing off the property. Creating an LLC or corporation to own (not just to manage) the property is usually a better idea as another shield of protection against personal liability.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.