Our Property Law practice group provides legal advice on all aspects of buying, selling, renting, renovating or developing property in Malta.

Buying Property in Malta and Cyprus

We are in a position to provide  full service in connection with the drafting, review and negotiation of preliminary agreements proposed by the sellers. The Preliminary Agreement is typically valid for three months. During this period we carry out any necessary legal searches and trace the seller’s title to the property to ensure that the property rightfully belongs to him and that there are no liabilities attached to it. We instruct an architect to carry out all necessary checks, apply for an AIP permit if necessary, and draft a Maltese or Cypriot will to govern the property in Malta and Cyprus respectively. One may also buy property in Malta or Cyprus via companies and trusts.

Selling Property in Malta

Whilst the selling process is usually a straightforward one, guidance from legal experts is generally recommended in order to ensure that the rights of both parties are being respected. At Chetcuti Cuachi, we offer a one-stop-shop service, introducing sellers to estate agents and architects to ensure the property is put on the market at a good value and negotiating and drafting the deed for the sale of  property as per the seller’s wishes. Moreover, we offer tailor-made advice on the tax regime which would benefit the seller. Through years of experience, we provide other ancillary services to the sale of property, such as assistance in ensuring that the property is built in compliance with Maltese legislation.

Renting Property In Malta & Cyprus

Renting a property in Malta or Cyprus is typically a fast procedure. After all the aspects regarding the rental have been agreed to by the lessor and the lessee, a rental agreement may be signed within a few days.

With regards to leases, our firm assists prospective lesses in identifying the ideal type of lease for their need or business, including the lease term, rent payment and rent renewals. We offer a comprehensive service, helping prospective lessors or lessees to convene with real estate agents. We negotiate on their behalf to obtain the best terms possible and help the clients to procure any permits needed. We have a wealth of experience in drafting  agreements for the lease of residential properties but also retail outlets, offices, hotels, catering establishments, factories, warehouses or other commercial units

Residential Property

The purchase or sale of residential property is often a significant and emotional transaction for most people. Aggravating factors such as lack of familiarity with local customs, language or the local legal system may make the situation even more overwhelming. Our firm provides assistance to families who wish to buy or sell residential property, or even rent or lease their residential property in Malta or Cyprus. Our Team of well-established Property and Development lawyers have vast experience in negotiating and drafting the best possible terms on which the property is acquired or sold.

Our Property Law Team

Our property lawyers and planning consultants provide consultation on residential, commercial, mixed-use and industrial property acquisition, sale and lease; residential, tourism and industrial real estate development. We also assist with government permits and procedures, such as the attainment of any AIP (a permit which allows non-residents to purchase property in Malta), trade or similar permits necessary prior to the acquisition of the said property. Our Property Law Team has a wealth of experience which puts us in a position to provide ancillary services including negotiation of terms in any bank finance and the liaison with architects and other parties to ensure smooth closure of any property transactions.We are also coordinating our in-house project management service for conversion or refurbishment projects of residential and commercial property if it is necessary. 

Our typical clients vary from individuals interested in buying their residence or holiday home in Malta to developers constructing and managing large scale projects.  Our team assists during the purchase/transfer process as well as by drafting and vetting all documents with suppliers, agents and contractors. We also take care of setting up rules and regulations for the running of condominia. When it comes to dispute resolution, our lawyers usually initially seek to reach an amicable, out of court agreement between the parties to avoid going through the lengthy and laborious litigation procedures. Having said that, if this method is not successful, we proceed with finding the best court or alternative-dispute-resolution method possible, to ensure an expeditious and least-costly solution.



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Key Contacts

Dr Maria Chetcuti Cauchi

Senior Partner, Property & Projects

+356 22056875

Dr Charlene Mifsud

Manager, Corporate & Commercial Law

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