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].
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.
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 click Save, this means that your lease application is now at draft status and may be accessed later from the Draft Contract Registrations option under the Contract Registration section from the left toolbar. The lease contract is only submitted, after all ﬁve sections are ﬁlled in and you click Submit.
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
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:-
If a lessor wants to end a Registration prior the term and this because lessee/s moved out without serving a notice, a valid written notice of termination request form is to be submitted to the Housing Authority. In this section we have a sample of the notice of termination form.
For a Notice of Ending a Registration to be valid, it must:
Note: The Housing Authority holds no responsibility in respect of the termination of the lease registration.
It will be possible to re-register the lease agreement provided that the agreed lease period would not have elapsed.
Terminating a Registration by Mutual Consent
When both parties agree to terminate a contract registration prior the termination date, the following procedure apply:-
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.