It has been a little over a week since I posted on this blog due to moving and trying to get internet sorted at home, which is another story for another time.
However here I have decided to make a new post of what I have learned when it comes to finding an apartment in Malta as I feel it is important enough and needs it’s own space to insure it doesn’t get missed.
We moved in to our “Fully Equipped, Ready to move in” apartment Monday a week ago now, and it was all but “Fully equipped” and “Ready to move in”. When coming to look at the apartment it was really dirty, lots of dust and dirt on the tiled floors and on the stairs of the entrance hall. I was very quickly told by the landlord that it will be cleaned and sorted so that it is ready to move in the next day. Well it wasn’t, it was left just as filthy.. I spent a whole day as well as the night we moved in cleaning draws, cupboards, floors like I was moving out hoping to get my deposit back. It was disgusting! Who ever lived here before didn’t clean for months.. Lifting the mattress up in the guest bedroom and dropping it released a dust cloud the size of a dust storm in Egypt! It is quite dusty here as there is constant building going on so I can already see that you need to clean often but these people probably just never bothered. The stairs however were cleaned the next day as the landlord sent a cleaner so that certainly was a pleasant surprise.
When asking the landlord about the dirty apartment he always had a smart answer back, “O, I checked it and thought it was clean” “Believe me, this is much cleaner than apartments usually are in Malta” Which of course I know is a complete load since the contract states that 250 euro will be taken from your deposit if it is not cleaned, he just didn’t do his job properly.
Also the apartment wasn’t fully equipped since the previous tenants had a lot of their own stuff so the landlord had to go buy everything for the apartment. Needless to say we spent the first two nights without a duvet to go with the duvet set he bought us as well as quite a lot of other bits and bobs missing from the inventory list. O and I shouldn’t forget we were without a gas bottle for the first two nights so we couldn’t cook. He did mention to us though that some stuff might be missing and that he will bring it. After a week we are still waiting for a few things but at least now we have what is absolutely needed.. Luckily I brought our own towels because he didn’t bring those at first either and when he did he brought a set for 1 person. Weirdly enough towels weren’t even on the innovatory list, neither was a duvet, which in my opinion are all things which are needed if an apartment is “Ready to move in”
When coming to look at the apartment I was also told that they will most likely be adding garden furniture to the roof top for the summer so the tenants in the building can use it for BBQ’s. On the day of moving in I asked him about this and he said that they won’t be doing that and we have to get it ourselves.
So here are a few more tips when looking for an apartment:
– If it is not there when you are looking at the apartment, don’t expect it to be there at any point no matter what the landlord or person showing you the apartment says
– It doesn’t help to lose your cool with the landlord/agent because contracts here only benefit the landlord so if you want things done it is better to “kill with kindness” as they say or do it yourself.
– Take your time and check everything. Make a list of things you expect to be in the apartment and if you want them to fix something make sure they will get it fixed before you move in or you might end up waiting for ages or ending up with a quick fix job which you have to end up sorting yourself anyway.
– If something is not fixed or if something is missing make them agree on the contract in writing that they will sort it, because then at least if they don’t deliver you can refuse to pay your rent until they do. We did not do this so we just have to hope and wait for things to get done.