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Hints & Tips for considering when looking to rent property on Malta.

Nange :

We have a big Britta filter in the kitchen. Makes more sense than buying bottled all the time (and all that plastic-ugh). I always carry a stainless steel beverage holder when I go out, filled with water, as restaurants here won't serve tap water. In the summer I'll have to switch to my backpacking water holder!

As far as I'm aware the inside surface of a "plastic" bottle or "aluminium" can etc is coated with some material, so you're never drinking from a plastic etc. Correct me if I'm wrong.

My advice for finding a place:

Go into the local shops and bars of the area you like and ask the staff if they know anyone who is renting out their property. That's how I found mine. Within 2 mins of asking, the landlady came over and showed me her flat. You avoid paying ridiculous agent fees and inflated prices. Malta Park is good, but you'll find many are being pushed by agents.

ævintýri :

My advice for finding a place:

Go into the local shops and bars of the area you like and ask the staff if they know anyone who is renting out their property. That's how I found mine. Within 2 mins of asking, the landlady came over and showed me her flat. You avoid paying ridiculous agent fees and inflated prices. Malta Park is good, but you'll find many are being pushed by agents.

is your landlady offering you the correct rate of electricity ? did they fill in form h?

whilst im sure you might think agent fees to be rediculous some agents actually work hard to get your best interests and make sure your not going to be ripped off ..

ævintýri :

My advice for finding a place:

Go into the local shops and bars of the area you like and ask the staff if they know anyone who is renting out their property. That's how I found mine. Within 2 mins of asking, the landlady came over and showed me her flat. You avoid paying ridiculous agent fees and inflated prices. Malta Park is good, but you'll find many are being pushed by agents.

The fees charged by agents here are nothing compared with renting a property in the UK where you will be charged for a credit check, admin' fees and any other fees the agent can dream up. We paid in excess of £300 fees whenever we rented in the UK.
Also I would far rather use a good, genuine agent here than rely on the vague promises of an unknown landlord introduced to me by a third party I also don't know!

Ray

I agree with Ray and Rob. Agents need to get paid for their work, too, and agent's fees are very reasonable in Malta (half a month's rent), in other countries you pay up to 3 months' rent... That said, as with anything in life, there are of course "good" and "bad" agents, and while some will definitely bend over backwards to find you a good place and negotiate with the landlord if necessary, others don't really "work" for their money.

Hi everyone.

Can you confirm that the process of securing a property is similar to the UK, i.e. we can go over in advance, view some potential properties that will be available from our dates, pick the one we like and arrange to move in when it becomes available?

I read a previous comment about turning up in Malta, staying in a hotel and being taken around to view available properties, then just moving in to what is available. Not keen to do that at I'd like to know where we are moving to and make arrangements for shipping our possessions etc. Plus unfortunately we will be moving at peak time (July) so there may be more limited availability.

So far I've been in touch with a couple of agents who seems to have brushed off giving an answer to this. They are more keen to promise that they will find something for us nearer the time. Thanks again

In Malta unless you start the contract the landlords won't hold it property goes within 24 hours some times less - I would advise you to get in touch because we do relocations and we have many clients who come and do a reccie - put a deposit down and then go back to uk and have somewhere to move too - some ll would expect half rent some won't - but renting here is nothing like renting in the uk

I agree with Rob. We were looking for apartments in February, we would have liked to rent from May, but all agents and owners we spoke to said rent from now or come again to look for something in May when you actually need it.. so in the end we rented from Feb, which means paying rent for 2 months without actually being in Malta, but we need to  have the flat when we come in May.. In addition, in high season some owners will only do short lets as they can charge twice or more the price...

We are planning to go out on a recce about 3 weeks before we move over, but paying rent for 3 weeks for nothing seems so harsh! Or alternatively moving over without somewhere to live (starting work a few days later) seems stressful! Oh dear, pass the wine...

I believe if it's just 3 weeks and you're renting for longer (12 months) the owner might be willing to hold the flat for you for that time - provided you have paid the deposit and probably the rent for the first month. If you're using an agent  they might assist you with negotiating that, too.

On any case good luck
Bernie

Feline - please get in touch because we can help you with this and at least your being reasonable of doing a reccie only 3 weeks upfront  - if nesscary we can go visit Propeties you like and then video it and arrange everything before you come over too so you don't have to feel your rushed into anything - we have a number of options available to you as we are used to dealing with clients coming from the uk  I'll pm you our advice group if you want

Thanks robpw2. The company I'm going to work for are supposed to be helping with the relocation, I just didn't want to bombard them with questions when I've only just signed the contract :D

If we decide we need additional help I'll def get in touch. Thanks

It can indeed be a pain in the ass to find an apartment in Malta, especially now during summer. I am arriving in one month, for a rather short stay (3 months only) and I still haven't found anything affordable.. So if anyone knows something, pleeeeeease, any advice would be appreciated ;)

When we were first looking to move here we found a place in December 2012 and signed a contract which was to rent a property from 1st March 2013, so landlords will do it.
Probably more likely from a professional landlord through a reputable agent than with an unknown through an ad in a window or Maltapark.

PS.  To miss_chaa, this is not summer in Malta, the Maltese are still wearing boots and fur coats

Ray

Hi we have just had a electric and water meter put in the apartment , any idear if this is good or bad

As you have no takers yet.
I would think this could be a good thing.  I assume you are renting and the landlord has had them fitted. You will now know what you are using and therefore what you should be paying.
However, if you are renting and the services are included in the rent then the landlord probably thinks he is not charging enough for these services and having meters fitted will enable him to charge the correct amount, probably with a bit of profit on top.
If, however, you will be paying the service supply company directly then you will again be only paying for what you use. This would probably be the best scenario.

Ray

Hey guys!
Thanks a lot for this thread and valuable info :)

Please, could someone advise on what should I expect to pay from first month of rental?  If I'm not mistaken :
1- Deposit for landlord (one month rent)
2- Agent' fee (50% of one month's rent)

Is it common to pay other deposits towards the water & electricity?
Should I also consider paying VAT for that?

Thank you!

When we moved in this year in February, we had to pay agent's fee (50% of rent - depending on how "correct" the agent is, VAT might be added, ours didn't add VAT), 1 month's rent as a deposit, 1 month's rent + 50 EUR for bills (water & electricity) in advance; all in cash. No VAT. We got a handwritten receipt (from the agent). We chose to pay the monthly rent plus bills via bank transfer (from our foreign bank, as we don't have a Maltese bank account), but I know of others who pay in cash every month.

Thanks a lot for quick response bernie_iris_fabian_david !
Crystal clear. I agree that it's preferable to pay monthly rent via bank transfer. visible and efficient :)

Thanks very usefull post!

redders_61 :

i can personally recommend Simon Mamo estate agents. I was in email and text contact for 6 months before I moved out. I was met at the airport, taken to hotel and picked up next morning. went around Malta looking at various properties available that met my budget and criteria. found this one on the same day, next day picked up brought here again and signed the lease. it isn't like the UK as in agents checking property and visiting etc. they are not responsible for the property and you don't pay your rent to them. Letting agents in the UK are more of a rip off than out here, in my view. with fees etc so much so they are being regulated for the first time under the auspices of the FSA.

I used Simon Mamo and I do not recommend them.

We used Frank Salt, rented from England, was picked up at airport and taken to apartment. Added bonus was that through buying through them as well, we get a refund on their rental arrangement fees.
I contacted every rental agency I could find on line and FS was the only one to come through and can recommend their service for both renting and buying as they did not try and twist my arm into buying overpriced crap as all the other agencies did. One of them, Dahlia, tried to get me to make an fraudulent declaration to get a tax exemption if I bought through them. This did not promote a great deal of faith in their professional ethical standards.

I used frank salt to buy my apartment in Malta, Great service, very professional. Would also recommend them

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