National Conference : Analysis of the Property & Construction Industry

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

National Conference : Analysis of the Property & Construction Industry

Thursday 30th November 2017
Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta
Registration at 8.15am.
Lunch will be served at the end of the conference at 12.30pm.

The recent KPMG Property & Construction Industry Study commissioned by the Malta Developers Association will be published and discussed during the conference. A copy of the document will be given to all participants.

Hon. Ian Borg, Hon. Chris Agius and Hon. Edward Scicluna will also be addressing the conference.

Conference fee : Eur70
(includes coffee breaks & lunch)

The conference will be addressed in Maltese.



MDA condemns brutal murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Malta Developers Association condemns without any reservations the hideous murder of blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia.

MDA steadfastly believes that Malta is a democratic and civil country where freedom of expression is paramount and disagreements are part of normal life.

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Budget 2018 proposals

  1. An MDA/Government action team will be set up in order to address Social Housing, which is in dire need of an urgent reform mainly:
    1. Rental Law changes in order to assure peace of mind to landlords and also addressing injustices.
    2. Incentives and new ideas to property owners who have properties in Urban Conservation Areas (currently idle/abandoned) to make use of such idle, abandoned or dilapidated properties.
    3. Introduction of Social Housing Planning Gain in medium/large sized residential projects. Government and MDA will set up a working group to find win-win situations.
  2. Temporary increase of agency permits for Third Country employees from 15 per month to 100 per month.
  3. MDA suggests that interest on succession tax will start accruing after 2 years instead of the current 6 months. This is an opportunity for inheritors to have enough time to settle and conclude sales deals while temporarily reducing supply. This measure is just with the inheritors and also beneficial for the property market.
  4. Extend the exemption further for first time buyers and increasing the capital investment capping from €150,000 to €180,000 to reflect current market value. Having previously bought another property which is not a residence (garage, greenfield, tomb, etc.) will no longer disqualify one from entering such a scheme.
  5. Second time buyer scheme: Anyone selling their ordinary residence to acquire a new one will benefit from an exemption in stamp duty equivalent to the original purchase price of the property being sold. This will be capped at a maximum of €350,000.
  6. Complete liberalisation of the property market for EU citizens – this entails the removal of the AIP permit requirement and any other restrictions.
  7. Introduction of Final Withholding Tax of 10% on profits when there are promise of sale agreement cessions.
  8. Aggressive tax credits to modernise construction equipment and machinery, especially those contributing to minimising negative environmental impacts.
  9. Tax credits to be set off against Final Withholding Tax. Current situation is discriminatory.
  10. Final Withholding Tax on sales to be reduced by 2% on attaining a level above the minimum Energy Efficiency requirements as shown on the Energy Performance Certificate. Staggered obligatory introduction of EPC level disclosure in advertising as from 2018.
  11. Renewable energy sector – urgent action required to set up:

a)      A one-stop shop incorporating Enemalta, Lands Authority, REWS, Planning Authority and any other entities, similar to recently introduced tables and chairs mechanism.

b)      All entities concerned will commit (against penalties and automatic approval upon no reply), that all paperwork and permits are issued within 3 months of application submission.

c)      Non-Maltese companies operating in this sector benefit from a reduced tax rate equivalent to 5%. This is creating unfair competition and a 10-year tax relief is being sought to anyone in this sector based in Malta. This will send a clear message that Malta means business when it comes to achieving clean energy targets.


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