Main facts about Maltese property

  1. Property in Malta is a profitable investment: Maltese property market shows a steady growth.
  2. Obtaining an apartment or a house in Malta, one does not have to pay any annual taxes. Stamped tax of 5% is payed only once, while signining a purchase agreement. There are no any other annual taxes, what hardly could be found anywhere else around Europe. 
  3. Having a property in Malta, one can apply for the residence in Malta according to terms and conditions of one of the residence programmes.
  4. Property in Malta might be bought with a home loan. It is possible to borrow up to 90% of the value of the property always depending on the income at the present lowest rate starting from 3.75%. The loan may be repaid over a maximum period of 30 years provided age does not exceed 65 years upon last repayment.
  5. Property in Malta is an opportunity to obtain a good income: you are allowed to buy several properties in the so-called Special Designated Areas (SDA), a rental renturn from which is estimated at between 3.5% to 6% per annum. A rental cost in the "top" areas has increased by about 12-14% and there is a constant unfullfiled demand for it. 
  6. Property in Malta is pefect for life: Malta provides ultimatly good conditions to get a high-quality education for a reasonable 'price-quality' ratio based on English, European or American education systems. And their parents, apart from buying a property, may also open a business in Malta. 

Property in Malta - simply and safely! 

Conditions of purchasing property in Malta

  • A person, who does nor reside in Malta, may freely buy a property in Malta after obtaining Acquistion of Immovable Property (AIP). An AIP permit will not be required to purchase properties in Special Designated Areas and, in the case of EU citizens who :
  • Have been resident in Malta for at least five continuous years;
  • Intend to purchase a property which is to serve as their primary residence; or
  • Who intend to purchase a property for investment purposes.
  • Where one of the spouses is an EU citizen and the other spouse is a non-EU citizen, both can benefit from the exemption outlined above and acquire property without the necessity of obtaining an AIP permit, provided the acquisition is being made to serve as their primary residence.

  • Also exempted is the acquisition of immovable property by an EU national for the conduct of one’s business activity or for the supply of services by such person. In such a case, a declaration reflecting the purchaser’s intention for the acquisition should be inserted in the relative contract of purchase. This also applies when the purchaser intends to buy the property as a rental investment.

Where the purchase requires an AIP permit, the property must satisfy a certain minimum value which changes periodically and which currently stands as follows: €121,792 for apartments and maisonettes and €202,929 for homes, villas, townhouses, and other property. These values are index-linked and thus may be subject to revision annually. Official Source...

  • The above-mentioned individuals may only own one piece of property in Malta and Gozo, except the special designated areas where one may purchase more than one property. Once these applicants have purchased a property in Malta and wish to acquire another one after having sold the first one, they may do so after obtaining permission from the Ministry of Finance. Applications for permission to acquire another property are normally favourably considered. Permission will be granted subject to the first property being sold.

  • Citizens of all European Union member states, who have resided in Malta continuously for a minimum period of five years at any time preceding the date of acquisition, may freely acquire more than one immovable property without the necessity of obtaining a permit.

  • EU citizens, who have NOT resided in Malta for at least five years, but have the intention of purchasing their primary residence i.e. take up residence in Malta, do not require a permit. Nor do they require such a permit to purchase immovable property required for their business activities or supply of services

Property in Malta - how to make it right?

Step by step procedure of property purchase

  • The very first step is to choose something that your heart would belong to. Of course, Malta is not that big kind of an island, but still has something unique to propose for everyone: according to your own preferences in style, number of rooms, location- our team would be happy to assist you in looking for something special just for you in one of largest bases of property.  Demonstration of options is made free of charge at any convinient time.
  • The next step is signing the Preliminary Agreement. Once a property has been decided upon and price and conditions have been agreed, a convenium/preliminary agreement is signed between the vendor and purchaser. This agreement binds both parties to purchase/sell the immovable property under the terms and conditions agreed upon.
  • The signing of the final deed is, however, always subject to clear title and the issue of any relative permits to purchase, if necessary. The agreements and contracts are written in English. On signing the preliminary agreement, a sum equivalent to 10% of the price is lodged with the agent or notary public. This deposit will be forfeited in favour of the vendor should the purchaser fail to complete the final deed of transfer for no valid legal reason.
  • The agreement is usually valid for three months (term prescribed by law) or as mutually agreed by the parties. During the period between the signing of the preliminary agreement and the signing of the final deed of sale, a Notary Public engaged by the purchaser will carry out the necessary researches into the property to confirm good title, as well as submit the application for a permit to purchase, to the Ministry of Finance, if such permit is necessary.
  • Once the relative permit has been issued and researches have proved clear title to the property, the final contract of sale may be entered into – the deed of sale being drawn by purchaser’s Notary. The balance of the purchase price and Stamp Duty plus legal expenses are paid on the signing of the contract when vacant possession to the property is handed to the purchaser.

Expenditures on buying a property

  • 5% stamp duty (currently 3% for Gozo until end 2017)
  • 1% to 3% notarial fee (approximate)
  • €600 searches and registration fees (approximate)
  • €233 AIP permit fee (where applicable)

These costs are the liability of the purchaser, whilst agency fees are borne by the vendo

Property in Malta with MaltaVIP

How can we help you?

MaltaVIP has been into the property business in Malta since its estimate. We work together with the leading property agency in Malta, and we can offer more than 7,000 properties in Malta and Gozo. 

We help our clients on each of the stages of purchasing and further arrangments

Our services include:

1. Assitance in selecting property objects online; 

2. Demontration of properties on our car and objective professional expertise about each of the options in accordance to specifics of life in Malta;

3. Organisation and arrangments of all the necessary meetings (notaries, architects, experts); 

4. Assitance and accompaniement when signing prelimenary and final agreement;

5. Organization of repairs/renovations, obtaining furniture and renting out.

Preoperty in Malta - ask us, we know!

FAQ regarding property in Malta

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