As from 1st January 2020 lease contracts for a primary residential purpose must be registered by the owner with the Housing Authority within ten (10) days from the commencement of the lease. The lease contract needs to be registered online on the website www.rentregistration.gov.mt. In case of any difﬁculties, an appointment can be arranged with the Private Residential Leases Unit within the Housing Authority. In order to arrange an appointment with a Housing Authority representative, please phone 22991010 or send an e-mail to [email protected].
All the private residential leases drawn up after the law comes into force on 1st January 2020 shall be done in writing and must include the following requirements:
Download template contract
If the template contract is not used, this document needs to be annexed to the contract.
The Act is only applicable for those lease contracts for a primary residential purpose which were drawn up after 1st June 1995. Residential leases which were drawn up after 1st June 1995, but prior to the coming into force of this Act and which would still be in force on 1st January 2021, whether within the original term or a renewed one, must be registered no later than 1 January 2021.
For more information on the different type of contracts and a sample contract please click the following link
The quickest and easiest way to register a lease contract is by using our online facility.
To enable you to register a lease online you will need to either log-in using your E-ID here or create an online account here.
For E-ID users, personal details will be filled in automatically by the system.
1. Click Create Account from the homepage
2. Enter your E-mail address and Create a Password
3. Conﬁrm Password
4. Click Create Account
5. You will receive an e-mail on the e-mail address you provided to Verify Email Address
6. From the e-mail you receive click on Verify Email Address
7. You will be re-directed to the My Proﬁle page
All users need to create a proﬁle to be able to register their lease contract.
1. First you need to select the proﬁle type:
Individual: The term ‘individual’ refers to a lessor, lessee or third party individual who is registering on behalf of another individual (Example: An individual who as power of attorney)
Company: The term ‘company’ refers to those individuals registering a lease contract of a property which the company is renting. A ‘company’ needs to include the company registration number.
Agent: The term ‘agent’ refers to real estate agents who register on behalf of lessors.
2. Fill in all personal details
3. If the proﬁle type is Company or Agent also ﬁll in Company Details
4. Fill in address ﬁelds
5. Click Save and Proceed
When you are registering a contract and you do not proceed with payment, the registration application is saved in draft status and may be accessed later from the Draft Contract Registrations option, under the Contract Registration section from the left toolbar. The Registration is only submitted, after all ﬁve sections are ﬁlled in, click Submit and pay the Registration Fee.
The Require Feedback option under the Contract Registration section from the left toolbar allows you to access the lease contracts that have not been registered since the Housing Authority requires further feedback. When accessing the contract from the ‘Require Feedback’ section, the lessor can amend the contract to satisfy the mandatory requirements
The Housing Authority will also send you notifications on the e-mail address provided in the lease contract, when a clarification or further information is required to process the registration of the lease contract.
Step by Step Guide: How to Submit the Required Feedback
This PoA Form describes the power of attorney according to the Housing Authority’s policy for the private residential agreements to be registered under Cap 604/2019 of the Laws of Malta. A power of attorney (“PoA”) is a written authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf.
Parties entering a lease agreement by means of a Power of Attorney, may make use of the Power of Attorney(“PoA”)/Mandate specimen provided by the Housing Authority (PoA Form) or else submit to the Authority their own Power of Attorney (“PoA”) which has to be in writing, signed by the mandator and the mandatory, and by a witness who must be a professional and holding a valid warrant according to the Laws of Malta.
When filling the online registration form the page named ‘DETAILS OF AGENT/OTHER PARTIES’ has to be filled with the details of the Power of Attorney.
Lease Agreements that in the contract specify that the lease will be renewed automatically, are required to renew their online registration. The following is the procedure to follow:
Renewing a contract which is non-renewable
Lease Agreements that in the contract do not specify that the lease will be renewed, but parties agree to renew their online contract registration, need to follow the following procedure:
Terminating a Registered Lease Agreement
If the lessor does not intend to renew the lease, the lessee must be informed at least 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.
To terminate the online registration the following procedure is to apply:-
Deregistering a Registered Lease Agreement
Note: The lessor in a registered contract can deregister the Active online registration. If parties agree to deregister their lease agreement prior the original date, or when the lessee/s leave the property without notice, the below procedures are to be followed in order to deregister either with immediate effect or prior the original termination date of the contract.
Log in to the portal using your registered account or E-id account.
Click on “Contract Registrations” from the Menu table.
Click on “My Registrations.”
Find the active subject registration and click on “View.”
Click the “Deregister” button located at the top.
Click the Deregistration Date and select the desired date from the drop-down calendar.
The chosen date must be before the original contract termination date.
If deregistration is on the contract termination date, please contact us via email at [email protected].
When Parties Agree to Deregister a Registration prior the contract Termination date.
If parties agree to deregister before the termination date, upload a signed letter by all parties. Letter needs to include the following-
Alternative to Letter when lessee/s moves/move out without giving notice:
If a letter is not possible, fill, sign, and upload the termination form.
After reading and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, tick the Disclaimer box.
Click the “Deregister” button after agreeing to the Disclaimer.
If you agreed with the deregistration date, click “Yes.” Otherwise, click “Cancel” to go back to the previous screen.
An email notification confirming the deregistration request will be sent to all parties with registered emails.
In case a Deregistration is scheduled and want to Edit it, please follow these Steps: –
Editing/Amending a Deregistration Date:
If you need to amend the deregistration date, repeat steps 1-10 to update the dates accordingly. A file upload confirming the new dates is required.
Once the registration is deregistered on the selected date, another email notification will be sent to all parties with registered emails.
Editing is not possible if a registration is already deregistered.
If a registration is mistakenly deregistered, it needs to be registered again as long as the contract is still valid. Fees apply for the re-registration process.
Deregistering a Registered Lease Agreement by the Housing Authority on behalf of the Lessor
Note: This procedure is applicable to lessors where the registration was submitted from a third party on their behalf, and they do not have direct access to it.
The Housing Authority holds no responsibility for the termination of the lease registration.
Re-registration is possible if the agreed lease period has not elapsed.
The Housing Authority does not take responsibility for the termination of lease registration.
Re -registration is possible, ensuring the agreed lease period in the contract has not elapsed and is still valid. Fees apply for the re-registration process.
For any queries or clarifications, contact the Housing Authority at [email protected].
Normal Registration Fee: €10
Normal Registration will be free of charge during year 2020.
Late Registration Fee: €120
Late Registration Fee applies if the registration of the private residential lease contract is not registered within 10 days from the commencement of the lease contract.
Renewal of Agreement Fee: €5
Lease agreements which upon termination are renewed, need to be re-registered and the renewal fee of €5 applies.
No fees are due for the renewal of lease agreements that in the contract specify that the lease will be renewed each year.