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After six years of negotiations, an agreement was reached between the government and a group of EU nationals stating that both Maltese and EU nationals living in rented properties on the island will no longer require their landlord’s permission in order to benefit from cheaper electricity rates.
The group stated that due to certain regulations it was difficult for them to benefit from lower residential rates. Electricity pricing regulations divide Maltese households into two separate bands: a residential tariff for the primary home and a domestic tariff for second homes and non-residents, which is 30 per cent higher.
Following the last general election, the group met with then-energy Minister Dr Konrad Mizzi, who agreed that it should be enough for EU nationals to present their tenancy agreement to ARMS Ltd in order to benefit from residential rates.
The group now received confirmation that the government would push forward a change in law pending the go-ahead from the European Commission. This change in law is great news for tenants, as some were struggling with landlords who were not paying tax on rented properties and would therefore block their tenants’ attempts to secure favourable residential rates.