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14 March, 2011 68 comments

Quick Request- I’d really appreciate a quick comment from everyone who reads this post, even just to acknowledge you read it! Just so people have an idea of how many hits this post gets and she can see that we wont take this lying down and people ARE aware of her!

When we first moved into our new flat I mentioned here the problems we were having with getting our deposit back from our previous landlady.

She came round the night we moved out and we looked round together, she was happy with everything. The next day she text me a load of bullsh*t lies refusing to give us a penny back.

No change, so time to name her!

If you are looking to rent in Malta, please beware of Josette Testa. She has a small 2 bedroom flat in Pieta (our old one) and one in Swieqi that I know of, possibly more. Our flat looked lovely when we looked around (although compared to my one in England seen here, anything would have been an improvement!) but soon after moving in we realised it was not as nice as we thought. Bath was tiny, C couldn’t even fit and the tap dribbled so took an age to run, plug sockets hanging off the wall, the pots and pans were burnt beyond recognition, door regularly fell off the wardrobe, the walls were grubby, the mattress stained with blood, no bedding and the sofa was rock hard. So a nice finish but you soon notice it’s just a sheen and the place is actually quite tatty.

She is quite eccentric with bright lipstick and ‘out there’ outfit choices. She is not really qualified to be a landlady, she doesn’t know how to deal with utility bills, if anything breaks you are best just sorting it out yourself otherwise you will be waiting weeks. She gave us an email address to contact her on when we moved in, and it didn’t exist, I got a postmaster error every time I mailed.

She will be quite nice and friendly throughout, just a bit useless but harmless. But when it comes to moving out she will do/say anything to keep your deposit.

So we’ll be making sure all our contacts on the island (with this blog and the fact we both work in igaming/software, that’s a LOT of bad publicity!) know about her. You Have Been Warned!

Disclaimer- as per usual, this post is based on my own personal experience. It’s possible that she’s been a model landlady for some tenants but we found her quite friendly but useless and she kept our deposit with NO real cause. If she were to realise her mistake and come to an arrangement (as I told her, I’d be happy for her to keep €50 MAXIMUM for a cleaner, although we left the place spotless) then I will certainly update the blog and all contacts. However as it stands, I believe people deserve to know what she is like before signing their life and hard earned money away!

68 comments

Password Protected « Malta: Moving on, up and away 14 March, 2011 - 5:47 pm

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Laurie Sicard-Askey 6 September, 2019 - 3:10 pm

II rent in Gozo. It’s not bad, good price rent; at the moment it’s 300 euros a month for fully furnished and 2 br. What I’ve discovered is landlords install crappy cheap white goods which don’t last long and when they don’t work and are beyond repair they don’t replace them. So you have to inform them to collect the item (which they invariably don’t), buy another one, but it do#es mean you can take the replacement with you when you leave.

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Colin 14 March, 2011 - 5:55 pm

Thanks for the update. That name is noted as someone to avoid for future reference.

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kevin robin 2 September, 2011 - 8:12 pm

Also avoid to rent the 2 bedroom apartment in Sliema (street il-Lembi, 3rd floor) from BRENDAN CARUANA MONTALDO and his wife KATHRYN.

They are not willing to pay back your deposit. As they told “we did not received bills from the maltese electric and water company.” During half year. In their viewpoint, “we have just estimated bills” – so, when we left the flat they refused to pay back the deposit.

Kevin

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Harri 2 September, 2011 - 8:17 pm

What a con! Its their responsibility to chase it up, if they haven’t been sent bills! I think its a shame tenants have little protection here, a LOT of landlords seem to abuse it :( x

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Christopher 14 March, 2011 - 6:28 pm

This is really atrocious. If I move to Malta I will be sure to avoid her!! If I was you I would definitely be paying a visit to a local lawyer… Good luck.

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gringation 14 March, 2011 - 7:37 pm

If or when I move to Malta, I’ll be sure to avoid her. Glad you moved on to somewhere better!

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kefr 14 March, 2011 - 7:57 pm

Thank you for the tip. I will be sure to avoid Josette Testa when me and my family move to Malta in May. Landlords and barking dogs are my biggest worries.

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saramitchell 22 March, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Omg, I have had the worst experiences with landlords as well. My last landlord in North London was exactly the same. The room appeared lovely at first, then when we got in we noticed everything was falling apart, the sheets were stained, walls cracked and stained, etc. I couldn’t believe we didn’t notice when we viewed it. Later she tried to keep a bunch of our deposit even though our room was barely big enough for two people (we checked and it’s actually illegal for her to rent that small a space to people). She made up all kinds of lies to keep our money. It was so ridiculous that we took her to court and got all our money back, plus she had to pay for both of our days off work, plus all court costs, plus travel, PLUS interest from the 6 months she illegally withheld our money. :) Our recent landlord tried to do the exact same thing, we threatened court and got the portion of money back that was illegally held.

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Janie 15 May, 2019 - 10:52 pm

Just read through your post Sara and what a difference! You had a bad experience, but the law was on your side, so you got your money back and more. Whereas your ex landlady was ordered to pay costs. You see in the UK, there are consequences for bad landlords. Sadly in Malta, they can still get away with everything. The law is definitely not on the tenant’s side!!

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eagle 27 March, 2011 - 10:06 am

Tell her you will report her to the tax authorities, each person who rents out in Malta
needs to be registered as a provider by the Malta Tourist Authority and the receiver of revenue.
They recently fined about quite a few in Gozo who were operating with out declaring income or there status

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Renting Property in Malta: tenants talk 5 June, 2011 - 11:24 pm

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Important Renting Tip | Malta: Moving on, up and away 8 January, 2012 - 2:01 pm

[…] As we never signed it in the first place I don’t think there is much he can do in the way of forcing us to pay, and we’ve had most of our deposit back now apart from the €250 we had to pay for my accident (pan fire + water is generally a bad idea) and hes also holding a bit more to cover the last of the bills that haven’t been sent out yet so at least we’re not totally losing out, like with our first asshole landlady. […]

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David 21 January, 2012 - 3:26 pm

I feel your pain. We have had similarly bad experiences with our landlady, we are moving apartment now having had to put up with much acrimony and good old-fashioned rudeness. Plus we are being left out of pocket – no surprise there. Am hoping for better luck next time..

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Kate 26 January, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Thank you for sharing your experiences. I really appreciate both the warnings about the bad and the positive reviews of the good! Sad to say, most places I have lived, I have heard similar horror stories, so I never include my security deposit return in my budget plan. We will definitely be looking up Niki at Belair when we finalize our moving plans!

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cypruslifeinpictures 10 March, 2012 - 12:05 pm

The same the world over I think.
We’ve heard similar experiences from tenants in Cyprus too since 2004. We rent as well but so far, we’ve stayed in the same 3 bedroom bungalow we started out in (rent is 450 EUR per month) and are happy here and with our landlord.
Will see if I still say the same when the time comes to move. Watch this space ;-)

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Kriston M J Renshaw 31 May, 2012 - 10:44 am

If you are foreign, Maltese landlords are fkrs! Not all of them… but most of them… This includes English ones too…. Take pictures before you move in, and when you leave!! Take lots!!!!

They are so happy and they can move the earth for you when you are about to move in… Leave and they are very different!

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Helger 27 August, 2012 - 8:27 pm

Duly noted to avoid at all cost.

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Tiago Jay 2 September, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Hey… I arrived in Malta – Sliema last May (2012). The 1st impression that I got is that they were all f**king burglars ready to rip off foreigners. I didn’t have any issues w/ my landlord but I’m having some problems w/ the house. Actually he is always ready to help, as long we are “good tenants”. Let’s see how things go when that changes for any reason. The thing is that we singed a contract that in my home country (Portugal) does not worth sh*t. regarding the utility bills, I never saw them, but he sent me the amount I should pay and it matches the highest tariff. So I’m really thinking that, since they are all sharks (and guilty until proven innocent), he may be paying a lower tariff and making us pay the highest one.
I wanted to ask you guys.. anyone.. to recommend me some authority that could protect foreigners from this lowlife bastards, so everyone who comes to Malta to live and work can avoid being ripped off from those f**king disgusting a**holes.
Other fact is that he told me in the beginning that he wouldn’t give me any receipts from the rent, so I assume that he’s renting the apartment illegally. With that I think, if the law around here works, I might have something on my side, just in case things turn out a bit messy, if you know what I mean.
Well.. having in mind that some of you are here for a longer time than myself, I’d like you to advise me, if possible, about everything that can be done legally against any problems, and all the things that I should be aware with this situation and future situations.

Thanks…

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Harri 2 September, 2012 - 8:20 pm

Hi! Well I would say first that not all landlords are the same, our current (and 3rd) landlord seems really good and efficient so there are some good ones!

I am a bit concerned about some of the points you raised- have you rented direct from the landlord or did you go through an estate agent? I’m not aware of any authorities that one can really complain to, but if you rent through an estate agent you can certainly use them for advice and they will help resolve any issues and work as a mediator.

It’s very worrying that your landlord wont provide you with receipts- for one thing he can easily claim you haven’t paid, or have underpaid or often pay late etc. So I would never have accepted this condition.

I also would not sign a contract I wasn’t 100% happy with. It should detail what is expected of you (to pay X amount rent, keep the place in a good condition, fix any accidents and ensure it’s clean when you move out) and what is expected of the landlord (fix any general wear and tear and general upkeep, provide utility bills).

Landlord receive actual bills every 3-4 months, so usually you agree a set amount then when he receives a bill he forwards this to you so you know if you are paying enough and can pay any extra if applicable. I would never continue to pay utilities without ever seeing a bill!

Basically your landlord needs to step up and do things correctly, otherwise I’d advise leaving ASAP and renting through an agent with a properly legal contract!

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Jenny 5 April, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Thank you for all your valuable advice. I’m moving to Malta this June and I will certainly avoid the landlords mentioned. It’s a sad situation as starting a new life in a new country is stressful enough.

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Jenny 8 April, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Can anyone recommend a few reputable estate agents and is the process of renting a flat the same as in the UK or will I need any other documentation? I will be initially staying in a hotel for the first two days and I’m wondering how long before I can actually move in? All information and advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Harri 8 April, 2013 - 11:30 pm

I recommend Niki at Belair- make sure to tell him that this blog recommended him to you :) All you need is either your passport or your Maltese ID card and the money- thats it! It depends how long it takes til you find the flat you love but providing its vacant, you can move in immediately. When we first moved here we found a flat on the first day of viewings and moved in the next day! xx

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Jenny 11 April, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Thanks Harri for all the useful advice.
Will certainly mention this blog. I would normally rent directly from a private landlord but after what I’ve read here it has put me completely me off. Happy to pay agency fees for peace of mind.

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Sinead thomas 27 June, 2013 - 6:54 pm

I’m moving to Malta pretty soon can any of you recommend any private landlords

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Jan 6 July, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Avoid renting from SIMONMAMO estate agents. The landlord of the building where I’m renting is a dishonest and unpredictable character. His name is Simon and he is also the owner of the estate agents. He will charge you over and above what you owe on bills and never give you copies. He will enter your flat without your permission. You have been warned!!!

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Niki 4 April, 2015 - 11:22 am

I also rented from Simon, and he was absolutely delightful. One of the best landlords I’ve had in the last 20 years by far! I can’t believe I’m hearing such Critisism. He was very polite and straightforward. All the bills I received were extremely fair and well detailed. When I asked for the final consumption bill he gave it to me as promised and it was completely accurate. As for the company, I dealt with with one agent called paul and he was also extremely helpful!

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Rhi 7 April, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Hi Niki, thanks for your feedback, although from your email, would I be correct in assuming you’re related somehow?

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Alex 20 March, 2016 - 10:26 am

Bahhahha no big surprise!

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mary 26 August, 2013 - 3:02 pm

im renting in Sliema right now and im getting ripped off, I have been repairing the place myself and not been offered compensation. I didn’t want to move as I am only here for sure 1 yr.

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Erin 4 October, 2013 - 10:00 am

Hi
I’m about to move to Malta next week and glad I read this post in time. I will avoid the landlords mentioned.

I’m only planning on being in Malta for 1 month, is it worth going through an agency or landlord for such a short time? I don’t want to waste time and effort getting my deposit back afterwards or I could book a place online through flipkey or something at least with an online agency I have more guarantee of getting my money back.

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Harri 9 October, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Hey Erin! For a month I’d definitely avoid estate agents, as they’ll take a hefty fee on top of whatever else you have to pay. I’d absolutely recommend looking online for ‘short let’ or ‘holiday let’ apartments, I’m pretty sure you’ll find something and wont have to worry about deposits or extra fees etc :) let me know how it goes, I’d love to know what website you end up using! xx

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simone 6 December, 2013 - 12:25 pm

i can confirm simon mamo is to be avoided.
add also maria and alfio micallef grimaud. they will invent anything just not to return your deposit.

what about making a fb page where people can list their problems and share ideas and solutions?

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An expat leaving Malta 24 March, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Like so many things in Malta, renting property is an absolute rip off (if you’re an expat). I wish I had read these pages before moving to this place because I would advise anyone thinking of moving here not to bother.

In my experience, Maltese landlords and all of the major lettings agents are sharks. They are living in a parallel universe where they think it’s perfectly acceptable to rent out utter dumps and charge well over the odds for the privilege.

The majority of properties are built from limestone and suffer chronic (really chronic) damp problems. You will spend a fortune on gas and electricity just to heat your flat in the winter. And if the property needs repairing, then apparently it’s your own fault. They also take pride in openly charging non-Maltese a higher price for things such as electricity, broadband and food. Apparently this is just fine and perfectly acceptable.

In addition to experiencing their discriminatory and rude attitude towards non-Maltese, you’ll also enjoy buying out-of-date food in their shops

So why do the Maltese think they are such a special case that can get away with this?

Well reality is kicking in for Malta. It’s not the only place where the sun shines. Look at places like St. Paul’s Bay that are covered in dog mess with bars and shops closed up everywhere. Much of Malta looks like a ghost town – a country in terminal decline. No wonder they rely on handouts from the EU – this country is in trouble. People are not visiting Malta like they used to because the word is out – people don’t want to work for such low wages and be ripped off in a dirty, unfriendly, damp, over-developed, over-populated and backward country that is in decay.

Avoid.

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Rhi 25 March, 2014 - 10:17 am

Wow, very sorry that Malta has upset you so much. There are certainly a lot of negative points about Malta and I do not feel that it’s fit to be a part of the EU however in the 4 years I’ve been here it has improved and personally, my life is 100x better since moving here. The UK is no better and it has terrible weather and crime on top of all the stuff you mentioned.

Good luck with your move away from Malta, I hope you find the perfect country! However I would not advise people to avoid Malta completely. I, and many others, have found much happiness here.

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Walter Shaw 30 June, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Hi
Sorry to hear that you were ripped off !
From experience, this is so true.
I recently rented a flat in London, and the landlord sent over
an inventory clerk to take photos and write about the condition
of the flat. Bingo, thats a good idea.
I have set up a service providing reports for check in and check
out to avoid these disputes.
If anybody is interested please visit http://www.maltarentalreports.com
Thanks
Walter

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Dmitry 29 August, 2014 - 1:21 pm

I’m now passing through a very stressfull process of leaving my first land lord on malta after 1 month. And would absolutely agree that they are all mad people whom you should treat as robbers and protect yourself from them by all means. Really.
My landlary’s name is Josetta Vassalo, she has 2 bedroom apartment is in Gwardemangia. And you want to avoid her as she will try to get all your money and trow you out once you start complaining. In our case it was because they strarted demolishing the building and building new one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTw2EGjUGus just in a few days. And when I told her that I want my deposit back and money for 3 weeks which I won’t be staing, she told me to leave apartment. Evil b*tch

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Rhi 29 August, 2014 - 2:54 pm

This could be the same woman with a slightly different name you know, our flat was two bedroom in Gwardemangia too. Is it Laura Court by any chance?

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Jerome mamo 29 March, 2015 - 3:11 pm

I am the Managing Director of Simon Mamo Real Estate. I am writing in regards to the complaints you have made about Simon Mamo. I read with regret your negative experiences you have encountered and agree with you that entering the apartment without permission is a non starter. Regarding the copies of bills nowadays there is a website managed by Arms limited in which one calculate your bills online instantly. On a positive note you did mention that the deposit was refunded. I would like to make a distinction between Simon Mamo as a landlord and Simon Mamo Real Estate. He has retired from the business and is therefore not actively involved. As an agency we have clear guidelines to defend our clients rights as per contract from abuse by landlords. However if we are not informed we will not be aware of the situation and therefore I strongly recommend you contact your estate agency for support . We are trying to build a reputation on giving a sublime service and value people’s opinions dearly. I can offer you a free meal for two with my compliments. Please contact me on jerome@simonmamo.com.

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Ivan Stoikov 13 May, 2015 - 1:01 pm

I have similar problem. My landlord, his name is Godfrey Joseph Vella. he owns a block in San Pawl’s bay, the blocks name is “Opera Court”. Stay faraway from this sick guy. He can’t talk normally,all the time he is talking something and on the end is nothing. He doesn’t give you a receat for paying rent or for electricity. He is cheating the goverment becouse he is stealing wate. Always asking for more money for bills. When he rents You a flat, the flat is empty, only furniture. No dishes, no sheets, no blanket. He gives you a 2 badroom flat whit only 2 pillows. He told you if you need something to buy it and he will sorted after. But on the ens he will tell’s you to take them.
I’m serious he ia sick in his mind. He lives whit his wife and her mother, they don’t have any kids.
He told me that i have more electricity because i was drying my clothes on home, when i tell him that is not true, he told me that all january was raining and he have a photo that there ia no clothes on the balcony.
Stay away from the company named Grand’s, in Gzira. They have many flats. In Gzira, next to the university. They charge you for the bills 3-5 times more, better go in hostels or hotel!!!

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Barry 21 May, 2015 - 11:06 pm

Seems to me that far too many people are being ripped off by unscrupulous landlords, yet the government are well aware of their antic’s, amazing that nothing seem’s to get done about it, perhaps the minister’s are on the same scam… Well all this publicity isn’t doing Malta any good in the eyes of the tourist sector, that’s for sure!
My story is much the same as the many hundreds of other’s I am sad to say!!

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Katya Vaneva 2 August, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Problem is that no one is protecting foreigners.Landlady of my mother came and said from the next month’s your rent will be 200 euros extra if you want. Where I can make complain because she take rent but she didn’t pay tax. And with 700 euro wage how she can pay 450 euro. No body care for foreigners on Malta.

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Rhi 2 August, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Oh wow thats awful! If she’s signed a contract, go straight to the estate agent! They can’t just up the rent during your stay, never heard of that!

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Jayne 3 November, 2015 - 3:31 pm

If you want to feel safe and secure of what you are renting, stick with us. We will help you find a property to your liking, with no hassle, from beginning to end. :) People like those above, shame our country :(

http://www.locationsvalletta.com/page.asp?n=home&l=1

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Maria 4 January, 2016 - 9:04 pm

** JASON VELLA – MSIDA ** or the whole Vella family is to avoid at all costs!! we rented a flat at 7 Padre Pio, Esperanto street, Msida Skatepark, the stairs are full of trush and dirty never cleaning when we were charged for it, we had to pay to fix shit around the house, furniture falls apart, matreses are filthy with bugs, we are not getting our deposit back so far, we have been simply ripped off and we want to make sure everyone is aware, agency is not of any help! contracts in Malta are vague and basic, with no pictures or inventory of the furniture. They don’t know what is to sign to terminate a contract. Basically in Malta they make business out of your deposit just by not giving back with any excuse! JASON VELLA remember the name

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Emeli 28 May, 2016 - 4:41 pm

Another one to avoid: Maryanne Selvagi.

Rude, invading your privacy, constantly sending sms’s.

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Anna 9 July, 2016 - 7:36 pm

Another to avoid Johny Cassar ‘Sunset’ and more apartments at Triq il Qrempuc Marsaskala. He promised everything and nothing happened. No deposit back. Please avoid!!!

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Anna 12 July, 2016 - 1:23 pm

I would like to warn you about Richard Spiteri, he owns a property by the Kappara roundabout. He’ll be on your case constantly, text you, call you, dictate your staying completely. He’ll tell you what you can and cannot do and as he’s afraid of confrontation you’ll have a very hard time talking to him face to face. He’ll treat you like he’s doing you a favor for letting you stay there… He won’t give you receipts of your payments (I had to buy my own invoice book and make sure that he signed it.) He’ll try and rip you off when it comes to electricity and water bills. Overall, he’s like a child throwing a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way. Rude,obnoxious, intrusive and a very unpleasant person and nobody should have to deal with him.

And whatever you do don’t walk with shoes on the “Wooden floors”. And yes, I mean “Wooden floors” seeing as it’s not wooden floors.

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John Martin 18 July, 2016 - 9:18 pm

Thanks all for your comments, I was thinking about renting for two months in Malta for the winter 2016 but after reading all of your comments will go to another county on a long stay package holiday.
I had a couple of weeks two yrs ago 2014 in Sliema, and was ripped off by a fancy trailered Ice cream vendor who does not display his prices, Well f— you twat, I hope you rot in hell..

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Ged Rodger 5 October, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Doreen Aquilina. Tal-Lanc, Triq il-Maxrabija, Ghasri, Gozo. This woman has stolen our deposit and now refuses to answer our calls or emails. DO NOT RENT THIS PROPERTY!!!

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Tom 7 February, 2017 - 3:22 pm

Karl Caruana – real name: Carlo Caruana. Buggiba.
Avoid him! Steals deposits.

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Andrea 7 February, 2017 - 3:36 pm

MARIO SPITERI and his crazy wife ANNA. On the beginning he is very nice and helpful. We booked a flat. First when we saw it was ok, but when we came after month was full of mould. And he did not want to remove it. After month he just painted the walls..Always late on the meeting for money. And we were fighting to give back the deposit for 4 months. He has many flats: Msida, Sliema, Mosta

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NP 29 March, 2017 - 1:52 pm

RONALD PAVIA. As far as I know, he rents out many properties. He kept on entering my flat without notice and one day he entered as I was sleeping and I called the police. From that day he started threatening me and discovering things they dont exist. When I told him I am leaving, he wanted me to pay the rent of the next month as well.

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Ivonne Woodward 21 February, 2018 - 5:21 pm

Avoid completely, family Abdilla in Birzebbuga, Doriane, the daughter and Nina and Antonio Abdilla, the parents. They will promise you contract, invoices, they always find en excuse to not give them to you, apartments are in terrible condition, you won’t notice till some days later you arrived to the apartment, nothing in the kitchen to cook, water coming in through walls and ceiling, they won’t repair anything, they will blame you for everything and will try to make you pay. The worst, they are at their building almost every day, yelling to everyone even at midnight, they will threatened you also. They are criminals and have been in jail. The address is 49 L-Izbark Tat-Torok, Birzebbuga owners Doriane Abdilla, Antonio Abdilla and Nina or Antonia Abdilla, Google them.

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Adela 23 February, 2018 - 10:16 pm

Avoid Steve Abela. He’s dangerous and don’t give back most of the deposit. There is also prepaid system for electricity and it cost way too much comparing to normal rates here. The flat is in gzira on the strand 172 apt 1, first floor. The flat also had huge problems with mould and cockroaches.

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Janie 10 June, 2018 - 8:28 am

Avoid Ian Tannock from Frank Salt in Mellieha. When he showed us the property initially, he told us everything we wanted to hear. But the majority of what he said was bulls**t. Apparently he does this a lot. Once he gets his commission, he’ll be very elusive.
Apartment looked OK on the surface, but once we moved in, we have had so many issues. It was really dirty for a start and took weeks of cleaning, even inside wardrobes!! We’ve spent a lot of money replacing stuff ourselves and dealing with issues such as grubby, mould stained walls/ceilings etc. as we get nowhere with the landlady. There appear to be too many greedy landlords/ladies out there, who want to take your hard earned money, but do nothing for it! As we still live in this apartment – but hopefully not for much longer, I don’t want to name and shame the landlady at this point in case of repercussions.

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Ella 19 March, 2019 - 5:29 pm

Hello Janie, what else do you know about Mr. Tannock? I’m in the midst of bumpy negotiations.

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Janie 21 March, 2019 - 2:00 pm

Hi Ella

Not a great deal more from what we wrote. But someone else did tell us that he has a ‘reputation’ and that we weren’t the first, nor the last to experience something like this. All I would recommend, is to proceed with caution. Good luck!

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John 10 June, 2018 - 6:35 pm

Thanks for the info, we thought about renting for a few months, but decided not to, sadly Mata has gone down hill on our agenda as a holiday destination. everyone trying to rip off the British and possibly others..

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Renny O 1 March, 2019 - 5:04 pm

At all cost avoid Joseph Fenech who is renting in Birkirkara, The Palms, triq K.Galea. He is trying to control your every-day life, asking absolutely ridiculous requests (like close your curtains !!!) … in the last months we had to live with a completely molded living room and one of the bedrooms. Don’t be fooled by the flat, which is otherwise nice, the landlord is making it hell as he thinks about himself as someone (typical Maltese small-island complex). And of course at the end he tries EVERYTHING to hold back your deposit!!!
Avoid this a….hole by all means

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Ivonne 1 March, 2019 - 7:14 pm

Wow. About the same happened to me they are absolutely intrusive, they want to control you. I think this is a tactic to make us fed up, then we will want to leave asap and of course they will keep the deposit.

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Ivonne 1 March, 2019 - 7:16 pm

Please avoid Doriane Abdilla and her parents Antonio and Antonia Abdilla. 49 L izbark tat torok Birzebugia.

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Ivonne 1 March, 2019 - 7:23 pm

Antonio abdilla, Doriane Abdilla and Antonia Abdilla, ha e a property in 49 L izbark tat torok, qjenzza, Birzebugia. They are a nightmare as landlords. The worst part is that they are criminals, they were in jail, Google them

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John Martin 2 March, 2019 - 1:37 am

All comments are helpful, thanks for posting

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Alex 15 May, 2019 - 1:20 pm

To avoid because no deposit back from Lee flats St. Francis zammit street saint Julian’s. The property looks good but the landlord tries anything to not pay back the deposit, no Bill’s was present for 6 months, and agent name to avoid and landlord Jean-Luc Micallef!!!

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John 15 May, 2019 - 5:16 pm

Thanks for the info Alex

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Janie 26 June, 2019 - 8:17 pm

It’s hard to know which landlord/lady to avoid as the majority of them are greedy and tight and basically treat your deposit as a gift. Maybe it would be easier to write a post on decent landlords, although I fear there will be fewer comments on that post!

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