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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

Establishment of Land Registration Agency

This article was written by Dr Veronica Grixti and Dr Joshua Chircop.A Land Registration Agency (the 'Agency') has been established by virtue of the Land Registration Agency (Establishment) Order, 2019 (the 'Order') under Legal Notice 4 of 2019. The Order has been promulgated in exercise of the powers conferred on the Prime Minister by Article 36 of the Public Administration Act, Chapter 497 of the Laws of Malta (the 'Act').FunctionsThe Order states that the Agency shall have the following responsibilities:1. to carry out the functions and duties of public administration in relation to Land Registration, by virtue of the Land…
Veronica Grixti
7th March 2019
Real Estate & Construction

Proposal to Reform the Rental Market

This article was written by Dorita Cardona and Joshua Chircop.The Parliamentary Secretariat for Social Accommodation has published a White Paper proposing the setting up of a new regulatory framework (the 'Regulatory Framework') to reform the residential rental market in Malta, referred to as the private rented sector (the 'PRS').RationaleThe White Paper proposes providing both Landlords and Tenants with greater stability, flexibility, security, transparency and predictability in the long-term. There is a clear emphasis on creating a balance between Landlords and Tenants. The White Paper seeks:1. to protect the fundamental rights of Landlords, especially their rights to property, to contractual freedom…
Dorita Cardona
17th October 2018
Real Estate & Construction

Proposal to Reform the Rental Market

This article was written by Dorita Cardona and Joshua Chircop.The Parliamentary Secretariat for Social Accommodation has published a White Paper proposing the setting up of a new regulatory framework (the 'Regulatory Framework') to reform the residential rental market in Malta, referred to as the private rented sector (the 'PRS').RationaleThe White Paper proposes providing both Landlords and Tenants with greater stability, flexibility, security, transparency and predictability in the long-term. There is a clear emphasis on creating a balance between Landlords and Tenants. The White Paper seeks:1. to protect the fundamental rights of Landlords, especially their rights to property, to contractual freedom…
Dorita Cardona
17th October 2018