Budget’s rental scheme doesn’t allow landlord to know who their tenants are

Housing Authority rental scheme does not give property owners prerogative to know whom their property is being rented.

The MDA said the announced scheme means the property owners concerned will lose all control of their property and what happens to it, much as what used to happen in the past in the case of requisition orders.
The MDA said the announced scheme means the property owners concerned will lose all control of their property and what happens to it, much as what used to happen in the past in the case of requisition orders.

The Malta Developers Association have raised objections over a rental scheme from the Housing Authority through which property owners can rent their premises to the authority, which then subleases it to tenants at subsidised rates.

According to the MDA, instead of allowing for a free rental market with tenants dealing directly with owners and then registering the lease when applying for subsidy, the scheme forces owners to lease their property to the Housing Authority, which in turn sub-leases to the tenants.

"This is in fact a major obstacle for the success of the scheme," the MDA said in a statement. "Owners would normally seek to know who the prospective tenants are before they enter into a rental agreement and should not be obliged to accept anyone who obtains a sub-lease from the Housing Authority."

The MDA said this would have avoided a lot of expensive bureaucracy and expenses on the part of the authority, which will now be responsible for potential damages made to properties by its sub-lease holders.

"With the announced scheme the property owners concerned will lose all control of their property and what happens to it, much as what used to happen in the past in the case of requisition orders.

"It is a pity that such a good initiative has been smothered at its inception in this way rather than being allowed to flourish, something that would not have happened had the Housing Authority consulted interested stakeholders before finalising the scheme."

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Here we go again, another botched up scheme, when will these communist like idea's stop. What happened to freedom of ownership, remove these cursed 1939 Rent law abuse. They are wrong, they are an abuse and they go against human rights. We've seen these court cases come up so many times, if someone in his right mind collected a few thousand property owners and sues the Government for say 10 billion Euros, then that would hurt wouldn't it. Will someone out there think about it ?.