The Dos and Don’ts
When it comes to renting a property, specific rules apply. Whether you are Maltese or foreign, there are a handful of things you need to know before renting. Our letting specialists have prepared these suggestions of what to do (and not do!) when searching for your new rental home.
Research the area
It can be surprising to learn how different parts of Malta can be, even though they’re so close together. Try to get to know the surrounding location before you move in by walking around and exploring. Visit at different times of day to see how things change.
Check out the property
From the shower pressure to the way the oven works, you will need to ask questions about your new home. Don’t rush through, as you may miss something important.
Conduct an inventory
Your landlord will probably give you an inventory of items that come with the property, but it’s important for you to double-check it and ensure it tallies with what really is in the property.
Get things in writing
If you’ve discussed additional elements with your landlord and they’re not included in your contract, then try to get them in writing in another way, such as on email.
Build a relationship with your landlord
They’re likely to become an important person in your life for the foreseeable future, so it makes sense to try to get along and to come to clear agreements about the property.
If you’re unsure about anything or have any worries, let us know – we’re happy to help iron them out so as to ensure both you and the landlord are happy to proceed.
Does it have everything you need?
Some of us are dishwasher people, and other are handwashing-only. From the wifi speed to the washing machine, make sure the place has what you need.
Note: Utility fees (electricity, water, cable etc) aren’t usually included in the monthly rent. Find out your landlord’s arrangements.
Skim through the contract
There’s a lot of detail to take in when you’re signing a rental agreement but it’s all important stuff. Read through it in detail and don’t skip anything. If you need to clarify any points get in touch with us for a quick run-through.
Whether you’re moving into a block of apartments or onto a street of houses, remember to respect those living nearby. It’s worth it to introduce yourself to neighbours and get to know them. Your neighbours will help you out with unfamiliar issues like which day is garbage day.
Disrespect the property
Remember that while this may not be your permanent home, the landlord has likely invested a lot into getting it ready for you. Treat it as though it were your own, and remember you will need to return it in the same condition it was received if you want to keep your deposit.
If something isn’t right about the property, then do let your landlord know. If they don’t resolve the problem speak to us and we will do our best to get the message across. We want you to feel happy and comfortable in your new home!
Now that you know the basics about renting a property in Malta, why not get in touch with us to find you the right rental? You can begin your property search right now by searching our listings, or calling our letting office on 00356 21317613.