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Budget 2020 Island Properties

Budget 2020 and its implications for the Property Sector

On the 14th October 2019, the Minister for Finance, Edward Scicluna presented the Budget for 2020. Amongst other sectors, the Budget included several property-related measures.  Stamp duty exemption for first-time buyers The stamp duty exemption for first-time homebuyers has been raised to apply to the first €175,000 of a property, in contrast to the previous…

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The Estate Agents Section's Response to the Proposed Rental Reform

The Estate Agents Section’s Response to the Proposed Rental Reform

Following a briefing by legal experts regarding the proposed rental reform during an information session organised by the Estate Agents Section (EAS), members of the Malta Developers Association Landlords Section found that both themselves and their tenants will end up being worse off. Due to this, the EAS has contributed further to the debate over…

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Proposed Rental Reform to be Active by January 2020 Island Properties

Proposed Rental Reform to be Active by January 2020

As of January 2020, a list of newly proposed rental regulations, which aim to seek stability in the sector, will be enforced. Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat announced a minimum period of one year, the introduction of minimum notice periods for landlords and tenants, and obligatory contract registration amongst other improvements, as a few reforms to…

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Island Properties: Creating a Solution for the Maltese Property Market

Co-founder of Island Properties, Cecil McCarthy sat down with iGaming Times to discuss the Maltese property market, together with its issues and a solution. Due to the mass migration of foreign industry to Malta over the last decade, the local property market has seen both a boom and inflation. Because of this, the value of…

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HSBC Real Estate Malta Island Properties

HSBC’s Discussion on Residential Real Estate

On 6th May 2019, HSBC invited Island Properties to attend their annual networking event for real estate agents. HSBC’s Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Daniel Robinson began by explaining the changes that the bank has experienced over the past year. He stated that over the past year, HSBC’s improved products have lead to…

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Are Malta’s Living Costs the Same as London?

Not quite… In recent studies on rental prices over Europe, Malta was seen to be situated in the middle region of the list. As one of Europe’s fastest growing economy the Maltese property market has been on the rise. This is mainly thanks to the Individual Investor Programme (IIP), introduced in the November 2013 budget,…

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Housing Benefit Scheme Island Properties

The New Housing Benefit Scheme

As of 1 January 2019, the government introduced their new scheme worth €5 million with the aim of helping up to 1,800 families with low incomes in finding residential properties. This new residential scheme is part of the implementation of electoral and budgetary measures. This updated scheme aims to provide benefits in order to make…

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Green building 2020

The Green Buildings 2020 Conference

Last month, Island Properties attended the Green Buildings 2020 conference. The ‘2020 package‘ discussed includes a set of required legislation in order to ensure that the EU nations meet their climate and energy targets for the year 2020. Within this ‘package’ are three key targets: 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, from those of 1990…

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2019 budget

The 2019 Budget at a Glance

What does the 2019 budget have to say about property owners, first-time buyers, social housing and white paper on property? Fred Grech describes and summarises the statements. Those concerned about missing out on the first- or second-time buyers’ scheme will be revealed to hear that they have again been extended to cover 2019. First time…

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