Current Affairs
Rent regulation among new role for Housing Authority

The Housing Authority has carried out a rebranding exercise and the Authority’s CEO, Leonid McKay, said this resulted from the expansion in recent years of the Authority’s work and its mission.

The Authority is to be given a new look to match a change in its functions which, beside providing social accommodation will now being regulating the property rental market according to new legalities approved unanimously by Parliament.

The Authority’s Chairman, Robert Ducker, said that after 43 years of its establishment, the Authority is facing new challenges and this necessitated the rebranding.

CEO McKay said the Authority will not abandon its roots. He maintained that although social housing will remain as an important pillar, the Authority has to encompass other developments.

He said the Authority must not be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ concept, will not have just one solution for different situations and this is the basis of the rebranding to underline that the Authority is encompassing various housing sectors in Malta, including the private rental sector.

The Authority will also be providing a documentation history service and the part played by the Authority.

The Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes said this is another step in the history of housing. He explained the Authority is to offer a help scheme that will offer the rod but not the fish for progress to be attained.

Minister Michael Falzon said the Authority cannot continue just covering social accommodation because it has to look after other realities including specialised housing for spheres of vulnerable people.

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