The owner is required to deliver the leased land in all respects in a good repair condition. The tenancy agreement generally distinguishes between ordinary minor repairs, which are generally the responsibility of the tenant, and major/structural repairs that are the responsibility of the lessor, unless it is due to the fault or negligence of the tenant. The tenant is liable for damage or damage sustained during his enjoyment, unless he proves that such damage occurred solely at his fault. The Private Residential Leases Act (“Chapter 604 of Maltese Laws”) was developed in a way that provides for a greater bias in favour of tenants vis-à-vis landlords. This is what Parliament is doing to try to intervene in a rental market that is perceived to be perceived to it, where rent prices soar over a relatively short period of time. Intervention in market dynamics is always a complex issue, and no system does it perfectly. The purpose of this guide is not to comment on the validity or nullity of the law, but to provide a useful guide to landlords and tenants who wish to understand and navigate Malta`s private rent laws. There are still several areas that are not yet clear or are subject to their own interpretation, which is why both landlords and tenants are advised to be advised before entering into leases, especially for long-term leases, or in the case of leasing, or in other ways as an investment. A controversial provision of the law is that some authorized persons, including the President of the Authority and other authorized persons who may also be assisted by the police, grant the power of entry to verify or verify whether a building leased for residential purposes is occupied by persons who do not own such a building who would occupy that house with an invalid or untitled rental title (“untitled”). It is also expected that an arrest warrant signed by a magistrate must be made before entry. In addition, in such a case, the detainee must be informed at least twenty-four hours (24) hours before entry. A SPRL is a six-month lease agreement for (i) non-resident workers who work for less than six (6) months or to complete a specified task within a maximum of six (6) months; (ii) non-resident students who are admitted to Malta and who last less than six (6) months; (iii) residents who must rent a replacement principal residence for less than six (6) months; (iv) non-residents who must rent a building for less than six (6) months, unless they attempt to settle in Malta as long-term residents. The Maltese housing authority is the most important institution to deal with all rent issues.
In 2018, the Authority has even enacted a new law that includes several amendments to the Housing Act, which provides for leases. The rules adopted under the Act (SL 604.02) (“Regulations”) provide for standard contracts for LRPs and require that a person using another form of contract be accompanied by the “standard form” that is also included in the regulations. Unlike the LPR situation, no formality is required to terminate an SPRL. A SPRL will simply no longer have an effect at the end of its lifespan. Those who want to move to Malta, renting a property on arrival is the best option for the best prices. However, under the Citizenship by Investment Scheme, you can also rent a property and obtain citizenship according to the conditions imposed by the government.