Malta to tighten enforcement of short-term rental regulations

Malta: Enforcement of legislation for vacation rentals will be strengthened in the next few weeks.

The move will come following meetings between government, the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) and Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA).

MHRA president Tony Zahra said the organisation has been assured that such enforcement will take place in the next four weeks.

A number of rental hosts were not going through the proper channels and were not following the law, he said.

MTA had previously announced that Airbnb listings and private accommodation would need an MTA licence. Zahra emphasised that such legislation must be followed up and that there are people who are operating illegally. “The law needs to be followed by everyone,” Zahra said.

He explained that MTA has the necessary information to strengthen enforcement in this regard.