St. Julians, Sliema and Valleta are the most popular places for expats because of the modern establishments and amenities situated in those areas.
However, this means accommodations are more expensive. Cheaper, more budget-friendly accommodations are found inland, away from the city center. Birkirkara, Hamrun and Attard are the major residential area, perfect for expats with families. Public transport is also very easy and reliable in this town.
The most efficient, although not cost-free, approach to finding accommodations is through real estate agents. What is most desirable with the service they offer is that they match tenants’ needs and personal preferences with a compatible landlord, minimizing issues altogether. Accommodations are rented mostly furnished with older furniture.
Another way is going around neighborhoods and spotting ‘for rent’ signs on rental units, and classified ads. These listings usually direct prospective tenants immediately to the landlord or an agent who manages property viewings.
You can also look in the local daily newspapers like Times of Malta, Malta Today, The Malta Independent which are in English. The Times of Malta has a considerable classifieds section where many properties are regularly listed.
Rental contracts in Malta are straightforward with little to no-hassle. Real estate agents normally act as witnesses. One month rent is paid in advance, while another month’s rent is given as a refundable deposit upon contract termination or expiry.
Renting properties in Malta