A Rough Guide to Tenancy in Malta

Apart from establishing your budget for the monthly rent and utility bill, there are certain questions that many tenants tend to ask, and with good reason. Luckily, 77 Great Estates, has decided to compile a list of answers to the FAQs many local residents tend to ask.

What type of property?

Are you looking for an apartment, villa or house of character? Do you need the use of a lift? Do you need to be close to transport links or schools? How about appliances, is it essential for a gas hob and dishwasher? Do you need a pet-friendly property? If you cannot get your exact area for your budget are you prepared to broaden your options locality-wise? It’d be a good idea to make a list of all your ideal conditions, but also what you’re willing to make concessions on and conversely, what you refuse to compromise on. This will allow you narrow down your search.

What should I keep in mind when viewing a property?

The way you view your options depends entirely you, however, we always advise to do so through a reputable estate agent since they would have an extensive portfolio of property listings that’s virtually impossible to have if you conduct your search independently. Give yourself sufficient time to view and get to your next appointment. Try to book viewing appointments on the one day and remember to take your smartphone with its camera settings on the ready! It’s also wise to allocate a minimum of 30 minutes per property.

What’s expected of me during the initial meeting?

While it’s true your potential landlord should make the effort to make a good first impression through his attitude and property on offer, keep in mind, you too should form a good first impression for him. Forming a good first impression with the owner or the owner’s representative is crucial. You need to present yourself as someone who’s reliable, going to pay their rent on time and approachable. Remember, first impressions are lasting impressions!

Dress smartly, because to some extent, this is an interview. It’s also common courtesy to arrive for your appointment in a timely manner. You want to show that you’re considerate and punctual. Such punctuality may reflect on your ability to pay your rent on time!

Observe the interiors

  • Are their signs of mould or mildew on the walls or ceiling?
  • Open all cupboard doors and windows 
  • Check everything that has a lock
  • Check the water pressure in the shower 
  • Flush the toilets. 
  • Check that the water heater works
  • Check for obvious signs of wear and tear, broken tiles, holes in curtains, insect screens torn.
  • What is the heating like? 
  • Can you access the utility meters freely?

Key factors that need to be tackled…

While on your initial viewing, it’s vital to look around the property, and if you have any little niggles and doubts, keep them to yourself until you are satisfied that you could live there. Nevertheless, there are aspects that you should keep in mind if you’re considering taking a lease:

  • Confirm the monthly rent
  • Establish the amount for deposit
  • Establish date for paying rent
  • Inquire if your landlord wants the payment to be made in cash or via bank transfer
  • Ask about the procedure for any maintenance required
  • Ask about your responsibilities, if any
  • Ask whether the property is pet friendly (if applicable)
  • Be sure to ask your landlord to provide you with a receipt
  • Ask about your rights to any outdoor areas
  • Ask about the electricity tariff

Renting a property in Malta is something that has become more commonplace nowadays. That’s why it’s important to know where you stand as a tenant, with regard to your rights, expectations and ultimately, what’s expected of you. We hope you’ve found this post helpful. If you’re interested in renting out a property Malta or Gozo Contact 77 Great Estates today. We’ll help you in your hunt for the perfect place that you can call a home in no time!

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