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Regulations under the Private Residential Leases Act

On the 31st December 2019, a set of regulations were introduced for the purpose of registering private residential leases with the Housing Authority and in order to regulate the procedures to be followed before the Adjudicating Panel for Private Residential Leases in the event of disputes relating to said private residential leases.Private residential leases can now be registered here:https://rentregistration.mt/. A. Registration of Private Residential Leases Contracts Regulations, 2019 • Overview and scopeThe Registration of Private Residential Leases Contracts Regulations, 2019 (Subsidiary Legislation 604.02) have been enacted by virtue of L.N. 355 of 2019, hereinafter referred to as "the Regulations". The…
Veronica Grixti
20th January 2020
Real Estate & Construction

Private Residential Leases Act 2019

Overview and scopeThe Private Residential Leases Act has been enacted by virtue of Act No. XXVIII of 2019, hereinafter referred to as "the Act". The object of this Act is to promote the development of the private rented sector by ensuring standards of fairness, clarity and predictability in contractual relations between lessors and lessees, and to safeguard and protect the right to adequate accommodation.ApplicationThe Act shall apply to private residential leases that are entered into or renewed after the entry into force of the Act. This rests on the proviso that leases which were granted after 1st June 1995 and…
Veronica Grixti
20th November 2019
Real Estate & Construction

An Overview of the Amendments to the Government Lands Act

The Government Lands Act, Chapter 573 of the Laws of Malta, was drafted to regulate the administration of land owned by the Maltese Government. This Act provides for a number of scenarios relating to the acquisition of land by the Government for public purposes, as well as providing for the eviction from lands and properties which are administered or held by the Maltese Government. Legal notice 216 of 2019 provides for a number of amendments relating to the redemption of land which belongs to the Maltese Government or to the Lands Authority, and which falls under the title of revisable perpetual…
Zachary Galea
27th September 2019
Real Estate & Construction

Rent Reform in Malta: An Overview of the Residential Leases Bill

This article was written by Dr. Zachary Galea and Dr. Dorita Cardona On the 2nd of July 2019, the Residential Leases Bill (Bill No. 91 of 2019) – the 'Bill' – was published in the Government Gazette of Malta (No. 20,223). The aim of this Bill is to bring into force by January 2020 the proposed Residential Leases Act, 2019 – the 'Act' – and to tackle many of the issues faced by lessors and lessees throughout the duration of their contractual periods of lease. The specific objects and reasons of the Bill are to promote the development of the private rented…
Zachary Galea
16th July 2019
Real Estate & Construction

Rent Reform in Malta: An Overview of the Residential Leases Bill

This article was written by Dr. Zachary Galea and Dr. Dorita Cardona On the 2nd of July 2019, the Residential Leases Bill (Bill No. 91 of 2019) – the 'Bill' – was published in the Government Gazette of Malta (No. 20,223). The aim of this Bill is to bring into force by January 2020 the proposed Residential Leases Act, 2019 – the 'Act' – and to tackle many of the issues faced by lessors and lessees throughout the duration of their contractual periods of lease. The specific objects and reasons of the Bill are to promote the development of the private rented…
Zachary Galea
16th July 2019
Real Estate & Construction

Avoidance of Damage to Third Party Property Regulations

This article was written by Joshua Chircop and Nadia Abela.Overview and scopeThe 'Avoidance of Damages to Third Party Property Regulations' (L.N. 136 of 2019) (the 'Regulations') have been enacted by the Minister responsible for the building industry in virtue of the powers vested in him under the Building Regulation Act, after consultation with the Building Regulation Board (BRO). The scope of the Regulations is to ensure that before the start of any type of works consisting of any demolition, excavation, or construction, methodologies that are technically secure are prepared in order to minimise the risk of damages to third party…
Joshua Chircop
3rd July 2019