Renting for the first time in Malta (Part 1)
Moving for the first time is exciting. It can also be a stressful period, when moving in to your first rental property or room there are a lot of things to think about. From finding the right place to rent in Malta to knowing your rights as a tenant.
Below we have compiled some information which can be helpful if you are renting for the first time.
Find a new home to rent
Location is key
One of the most luxurious and time saving hacks in life is to have a short commute, whether it is to and from the university or your job. So consider looking for a place to live which is not too far off from your job. Other aspects to consider when it comes to location is local amenities such as grocery shops, pharmacy, fitness centre. Ideally you find a place which is located relatively close to places you need to visit frequently. On Flatmate you can find many rooms to rent in Malta.
Going on a viewing
When you go on the viewing you get a chance to inspect the property. Don't be shy. Inspect as much as you can, open cupboards and check what is included in the property and the condition of furniture and appliances if you rent a fully furnished place.
- Check that doors and windows are secure
- Check walls and corners for dampness and mold
- Check the taps and showers for water pressure
- Flush toilets to check it's working properly
- Ask when the boiler was serviced last
- Ask when the elevator in the building was serviced last
Checking and asking for these things can save you from getting any unpleasant surprises when you have moved in.
Really, don't be shy and ask about anything that comes to mind when you are viewing a property in Malta.
Find a good deal
It's important that you research similar properties or rooms in and around the area you are renting before signing any contract. You don't want to pay more than what the current market price is.
Before signing the rental contract you need to find out what is included in the rent fee. If the rental fee included utility bills such as water and electricity, if internet and cleaning is included. In order to know if you have a fair deal or not you need to account for these costs.
How much is the rental deposit in Malta?
As long as you fulfill all the terms in the contract you should get your deposit back at the end of your tenancy. Paying the deposit upon moving in can still be a significant cost to be out with.
Normally the rental deposit in Malta is one month worth of rent. So if you pay Euro 450,00 per month then the deposit would be Euro 450,00.
Given that you meet the terms of your tenancy agreement, paying your bills on time, don't cause any damage to the property and meet other obligations states in the contract, you will get your deposit back and the end of the tenancy period.
Rights and Responsibilities
Your rights as a tenant in Malta
You have the right to see the energy performance certificate (EPC) when renting a home in Malta. This certificate holds information about the property in terms of how energy efficient the property is. This will give you an indication on how costly it will be to live in the property. You should always ask for the EPC when renting for the first time in Malta as it allows you to budget more accurately.
You also have the right to:
- Get your deposit back at the end of your tenancy, given that you have meet all requirements stipulated in your tenancy agreement
- Protected against unfair eviction
- Live in a property that is in a good state of repair, safety and health
- No disturbance from landlord unless the landlord requests to do an inspection - 24 hours except for emergencies
Your responsibilities as a tenant in Malta
- Paying bills on time
- Take care of the property and avoid damages
- Pay for any damages made
- Reporting any problems with the property - water leaks, molds or broken windows so these issues can be fixed in good time
- Allow your landlord to inspect the property given that sufficient notice was given
- Allow your landlord to carry out necessary maintenance works given that sufficient notice is given
- Not subletting the property unless it's allowed by the terms of your tenancy agreement