The past couple of decades have seen an influx in the number of foreigners moving to Malta to purchase or rent property.
After all, the Islands have plenty to offer – a typically Mediterranean climate, great history, culture and entertainment options, an English-speaking population, relatively low costs of living when compared to other parts of the EU, high standards of healthcare and education, and a fantastic selection of properties to rent or buy.
Of course there are various stages to go through. Renting is easier, and there are many good estate agents in Malta that will be able to guide you. If you are purchasing or investing, you will need to first establish the location where you want to buy, as well as the style of home.
Renting a property in Malta is simple!
Whether you’re renting or buying, you will first need to narrow down the sort of property you’re after – a studio apartment, a family home, or a farmhouse in the countryside, for instance. You will also need to set your budget depending on what you can afford each month.
You can source a property by going through one of the many real estate agents in Malta, or by searching online or in the local press. Once you have found what you are looking for, you will need to sign a Tenancy Agreement, which protects both your
Bear in mind that the majority of landlords will require a deposit (usually the equivalent of one month’s rent) upfront. Rent will usually also be paid in advance.
Citizens of all European Union member states (including Maltese citizens), who have not resided in Malta for a minimum period of five years, require a permit to acquire immovable property as a secondary residence purpose.
Individuals who are not citizens of a European Member state may not acquire any immovable property unless they are granted an acquisition of immovable property permit.
Once that is sorted, there are numerous permits to be applied for, including sorting out the Promise of
You can find further information and contacts on how to apply for a permit to buy immovable property here and can download other relevant forms here.