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You can defer the gain on sale of business property by meeting the qualifications under Section 1031. This is commonly known as a "like-kind" exchange. However, rental property and personal use property are not considered like-kind, so this deferment would not be available in your situation. If you have a gain on the sale of your rental, then it would be a reportable capital gain unless you use the proceeds to buy another rental.
There isn't really a bright line rule here. If you had renters in the property right before it sold, then the IRS would likely consider it a rental. If you lived in the property for a while after renting, but before selling, then it might be considered personal use property.
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