Don't forget to licence your holiday home with the authorities in Malta
Don't forget to licence your holiday home with the authorities in MaltaHoliday home owners who lease their property to others in Malta must have their property licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority or face a fine of 1,164.68 euros (£950).
Legislation under the Malta Travel and Tourism Services Act Chapter 409 has been in force since 2002 and prior to that, licensing was administered by the then hotels and catering establishment board.
The act defines a holiday home as "holiday premises". This refers to any building (apart from a hotel, guest house, hostel or the ordinary residence of the owner or tenant) in which accommodation, ancillary services - including self -catering services and amenities - are provided for tourists. It also includes any number of such buildings which are grouped together.
A yearly licence fee is applicable, along with a separate contribution fee. If the contributory portion of the fee is paid within three months from the date of the invoice, the MTA will offer a 20 per cent reduction on the contribution fee element of the bill.
Holiday premises are classified by the MTA in three grades: standard, comfort and superior. Villas are classified as ‘comfort’ standard, while villas with their own swimming pools are classed as ‘superior’.
The Maltese archipelago lies at the centre of the Mediterranean – comprising three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino, with a total population of 400,000. Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural - characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture; while Comino is largely uninhabited.
With sunny weather, expansive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of history, there is a great deal to see and do on the Maltese islands. A great way to explore Malta is to rent a villa or a self catering apartment
and experience its magic at your own pace.
The MTA is currently promoting its country in an advertising campaign in Liverpool, which coincides with the introduction of the Liverpool to Malta air route by Easyjet. The campaign focused on 20 taxis in central Liverpool being branded with Malta advertising visuals, inside and out.
For more information about obtaining licences for holiday premises in Malta, see the enforcement section
on the MTA’s website or e-mail email@example.com
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