Standards of letting property in Malta
When people are renting in Malta, they want a place where they feel safe, comfortable and at home. It’s important to prepare the property in Malta up to the standards of Maltese legislation. Below you will find a guideline of some standards and less common-known regulations.
Single beds should be a minimum of 85x190cm and double beds 135x190cm. Mattresses and pillows must be covered with a sheet; and a cover, blanket and pillow per person must be provided. The room should be furnished with a dressing table and chair, a mirror and a bedside reading light. A cot should be available on request.
The kitchen needs to be fully equipped with a standard of two hob burners and a 140ltr refrigerator with at least 10% freezer space. Table service and kitchen utensils should be provided, including the following list:
A kettle, casserole dish, frying pan, one big spoon and one skimming spoon, cooking tongs, a colander, a tea strainer, a can-opener, a cork-screw and (of course) a bottle opener.
Safety is highly important in the kitchen; provide your guests with a first aid box (properly kitted), a fire extinguisher and fire blanket.
Living and Dining
Natural light should be flowing into this room through a window or balcony door, also allowing in fresh air. The furniture for this room needs to include a dining table with enough chairs for each of the guests, a sofa or armchairs and a coffee table.
Bathroom walls must be covered with impervious material or tiled. Bathrooms need to be fitted with standard furniture and include the following: a mirror, a waste bin and a shower mat. After arrival, each guest should be presented with two rolls of toilet paper and two towels (hands and bath) which should be changed once a week.
Health and Safety
When letting property in Malta it’s important to be up to standard with the requirements for health and safety. The building and anything inside must be in a good state with little or no wear and tear. Cleaning should be evident throughout the premises and must be cleaned at least once a week or after check-out of any customers. The rooms need to be well ventilated; and a heater or fan should be provided when applicable. A minimum of one bathroom per six people is compulsory. The premises must be fitted with emergency exit signs and lighting in working condition. All smoke and fire detectors should be provided and checked regularly.
Some other requirements include providing guests with an iron or ironing system, information of services in English and other languages, if possible, and an inventory of furniture, appliances, and cost for replacements should be available. If the premise contains a lift, it is required to provide service for all floors higher than the second floor.