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Laqgha mas-sidien tal-barrieri

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Laqgha kostruttiva organizzatta mil Malta Developers Association. Is-sidien tal-barrieri attendew bi hgarhom ghal laqgha immexxija mil-President ta’ l-MDA, is-sur Sandro Chetcuti. Il-Ministru Jose Herrera indirizza il-laqgha ukoll. Thabbar li gie iffurmat kumitat sabiex jitkomplew id-diskussjonijiet mal-ministeru. Il-membri ta’ dan il kumitat huma Mark Aquilina, Gejtu Abdilla, Pawul Vella, Rennie Scicluna, Mark Bonello u Antoine Vella.

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MDA on use of quarries to dump construction waste

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Malta Developers Association refers to the statement by the Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change José Herrera on Government’s intention to take the harsh measure to expropriate privately owned quarries for the dumping of construction waste.

The MDA appreciates that there has been no direct Government interference on the dumping of this waste for a very long time. Today the country faces a crisis because it is getting harder and harder to dispose of this waste since few sites remain to address this problem.

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MDA ON NEW HOUSING AUTHORITY RENTAL SCHEME

The Malta Developers Association (MDA) refers to the new rental scheme launched by the Housing Authority through which property owners can rent their premises to the authority, which will then sublease it to tenants at subsidised rates.

The idea of using existing vacant building stock for rents to persons who qualify for social assistance in housing originated from one of the many suggestions made to Government before the Budget by the MDA, which had also suggested that a fixed rent for a predetermined period could be incentivised by a reduction in income tax from rents, as actually indicated in the announced scheme.

However, instead of allowing for a free rental market with tenants dealing directly with owners and then registering the lease when applying for subsidy, the scheme has become one where owners lease to the Housing Authority, which in turn sub-leases to the tenants.

This is in fact a major obstacle for the success of the scheme. Owners would normally seek to know who the prospective tenants are before they enter into a rental agreement and should not be obliged to accept anyone who obtains a sub-lease from the Housing Authority.

This would have avoided a lot of expensive bureaucracy and expenses on the part of the Authority, which will now be responsible for potential damages made to properties by its sub-lease holders.

With the announced scheme the property owners concerned will lose all control of their property and what happens to it, much as what used to happen in the past in the case of requisition orders.

It is a pity that such a good initiative has been smothered at its inception in this way rather than being allowed to flourish, something that would not have happened had the Housing Authority consulted interested stakeholders before finalising the scheme.

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