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How To Rent Safely In Malta

20 Aug,  2020

Never rent an apartment without viewing it first

This may sound like a “no brainer”, but you’d be surprised how many people actually do.  Photos and images from online listing are all well and good to give an indication but never sign on the dotted line until you have viewed property in person.

Always sign a written contract

Never agree to working with a “Verbal Agreement” this is a recipe for disaster in the long run.

Identify and meet owner

Always request to meet owner before making a decision on your choice of home. This relationship is critical moving forward so work out early who you are dealing with.

Use a credible letting agent

Do your research. There are many choices when it comes to agents in Malta, make sure you choose an agent that is going to offer a full service not just be there at the beginning to take their commission. Making use of search engines, social media and asking locally will give you a good idea of who to use and who to avoid. You want to make sure that you Agent will be there for you if something does go wrong. Communication is a clear insight into the future when dealing with Agents, if they are not capable of replying to your enquires on time, listening to your property requirements and then arranging viewings of properties that meet you requirements then avoid.

Avoid dealing with cash only requests

If landlord/agent requests cash only take this as a warning sign that something could possibly be amiss.

Check current market rates

Avoid overinflated prices. Again a little research goes a long way.  Make sure the property gives value for money and is consistent with the Market.

Check above and around

This is a must to avoid. With Construction happening everywhere you look in Malta make sure you look around the property for potential construction in the vicinity. Check for Public Notices and planning permission certificates to give you a clear understanding of what is ahead. Also check with the building itself to see if Airspace is available and if there are any plans to build.  Particularly important when selecting a Penthouse Apartment.

Ask for landlord references from previous tenants

The best way to find out what the landlord is like is by talking to previous tenants. References go both ways.

Make sure the landlord agrees to register you with the utility services (Arms Ltd)

When you take a Lease on a new property make sure that the Landlord completes the Form H required to register the number of persons who will be residing at the property to ensure that you will enjoy the same discounted rate of water and electricity that the locals enjoy.  If you are not registered with the Utility Service as residing at the property you will be charged at the higher domestic rate, rather than the residential rate, which is a considerable difference of between 25 to 30 percent.

Always do a walk through on the day of move in

Walk through with Landlord and identify any issues with the property, document and take photos if possible. Avoid any issues of mould regardless of how small.

Make sure your agent is familiar with the housing regulations (January 2020)

In January 2020 the Government introduced new housing regulations in relation to the Letting of Properties on the Island.  When choosing an Agent, make sure that that Agent is not only familiar with those New Regulations but can explain their effect and ensure they are included in the final Lease Agreement.

Here at letslet we are fully conversant with the new regulations and are happy to take the time to explain their impact/effect upon the landlord/tenant and to guide you through all septs to find you that perfect home!

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