New Rental Law

All the private residential leases drawn up after the law come into force on 1st January 2020 shall be done in writing and must include the following requirements:

  • The property which is being leased;
  • Intended use as agreed;
  • The period covering the lease;
  • Whether, and how, the lease can be renewed;
  • The lease amount and how this should be paid;
  • Any amount deposited by the lessee by way of security, for the performance of his obligations;
  • An inventory attesting the condition of the premises as well as the state of any furniture and domestic appliances supplied by the lessor.

 

Long Private Residential Lease –

Long Private Residential Lease cannot have a duration of less than one (1) year.

Explanation of a one-year lease contract

  • The first six months are mandatory for the lessee;
  • Following the obligatory six months, the lessee may be released from the contract by giving at least one (1) month notice to the lessor by means of a registered letter;
  • If the lessor does not intend to renew the lease, the lessee must be informed three (3) months prior to the termination of the contract by means of a registered letter;
  • If the lessor fails to notify the lessee within the established period, the lease is renewed automatically for a year.


The minimum obligatory duration is one year; however, the lessor and the lessee may agree on a longer lease contract.

Explanation of a two-year lease contract

  • The first nine months (9) are mandatory for the lessee;
  • Following the obligatory nine months, the lessee may be released from the contract by giving at least two (2) months’ notice to the lessor by means of a registered letter;
  • If the lessor does not intend to renew the lease, the lessee must be informed three (3) months prior to the termination of the contract by means of a registered letter;
  • If the lessor fails to notify the lessee within the established period, the lease is renewed automatically for a year.


Explanation of a contract for three years or longer

  • The first twelve months (12) are mandatory for the lessee;
  • Following the obligatory twelve months, the lessee may be released from the contract by giving at least three (3) months’ notice to the lessor by means of a registered letter;
  • If the lessor does not intend to renew the lease, the lessee must be informed three (3) months prior to the termination of the contract by means of a registered letter;
  • If the lessor fails to notify the lessee within the established period, the lease is renewed automatically for a year.
 
Short term Private Residential Lease

apply only for:

  • Temporary foreign workers who are employed for six months or less;
  • Students pursuing short courses of less than six months’ duration;
  • Foreign lessees who would not be seeking to establish ordinary residency in Malta;
  • Maltese lessees who need to lease an ordinary residency for a short period of less than six months.


Explanation of Short-Let Contracts

  • The lease duration is six months;
  • The first month of the lease is obligatory for the lessee;
  • Following the obligatory month, the lessee may be released from the contract but is obliged to give at least one week’s prior notice to the lessor by means of a registered letter;
  • The contract cannot be renewed.
 
Shared Residential Space

Lease of a shared residential space means the lease of a separate space in an apartment or building, with shared amenities like the kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Explanation of a shared residential space lease

  • The lease duration is six months;
  • The lessee may be released from the contract at any time by giving one week’s prior notice to the lessor by means of a registered letter;
  • The contract cannot be renewed.


You can find more details on https://rentregistration.mt/the-rental-contract/