You can benefit from €3,600 to €5,000 depending on your income and whether you rent from private sources
Persons who rent a residence from private sources can now benefit from a new grant being given for the first time by Government. The benefit will be calculated on applicants’ income and on their expenditure on rental costs.
A person on his/her own with a maximum income of 14,700 euro will be given benefit for rent for a private residence up to a maximum of 3,600 euro. A single parent with two children and with a maximum income of 23,400 euro will benefit up to a maximum of 5,000 euro.
Two adults without children and with a maximum income of 19,000 euro will be entitled to a maximum benefit of 3,600 euro, and a couple with two children and with a maximum income of 28,600 euro may be entitled to a maximum benefit of 5,000 euro.
It was stated during the launch of this scheme at a media conference addressed by Minister Edward Scicluna and Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes that applicants have to be recognised by the owner of the private residence, a six-month contract or a temporary emphyteusis not exceeding 21 years will have been drawn up, and the premises have to be in a habitable state.
It was also stated that apart from Maltese nationals, beneficiaries can also be foreign nationals who are EU citizens or who benefit from refugee status or long-term residence in Malta. In order to be able to apply for these benefits, foreign nationals need to have resided in Malta for not less than 18 consecutive months.
The aim of the scheme is so that persons who are renting privately will have a more affordable rent.