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Conditions for buying immovable property

​Citizens of all European Union member states, including therefore Maltese Citizens, who have resided in Malta continuously for a minimum period of five years at any time preceding the date of acquisition may freely acquire immovable property without the necessity of obtaining a permit under Chapter 246 of the Laws of Malta.

Citizens of all European Union member states, including therefore Maltese Citizens, who have not resided continuously in Malta for a minimum period of five years may only purchase their primary residence or any immovable property required for their business activities or supply of services without the necessity of obtaining a permit under Chapter 246 of the Laws of Malta.

Citizens of all European Union member states, including therefore Maltese Citizens, who have not resided continuously in Malta for a minimum period of five years, require a permit under Chapter 246 of the Laws of Malta to acquire immovable property for secondary residence purposes.

Individuals who are not citizens of a European Member state may not acquire any immovable property unless they are granted a permit in terms of Chapter 246 of the Laws of Malta.

There are defined zones in Mata, referred to as special designated areas, where there are absolutely no restrictions to acquisition. There is also no restriction on acquisition through inheritance and there are also several other special exemptions. Different rules apply to the acquisition by bodies of persons.

 
                                                                          Acquisition by Individuals​ ​ ​ ​
​Maltese and EU Citizens - both with 5 years continuous residence in Malta Maltese and EU Citizens - without 5 years continuous residence in Malta Others
Primary Residence1 ​No restrictions - No need to apply ​No restrictions - No need to apply ​Prior authorisation is required*
Secondary Residence or any other immovable property2 ​No restrictions - No need to apply ​Prior authorisation is required* ​Prior authorisation is required*
​Causa Mortis devolutions ​No prior authorisation is required ​No prior authorisation is required ​No prior authorisation is required
​Grave or site ​No prior authorisation is required ​No prior authorisation is required ​No prior authorisation is required
​Redemption of groundrent ​No prior authorisation is required ​No prior authorisation is required ​No prior authorisation is required
Property in a Special Designated Area ​No prior authorisation is required and no limit ​No prior authorisation is required and no limit ​No prior authorisation is required and no limit
​Divided or undivided share in immovable property where person had previously acquired a share in such immovable property in accordance with the provision of this Act ​No prior authorisation is required and no limit ​No prior authorisation is required and no limit ​No prior authorisation is required and no limit  
Transfer of immovable property in an inheritance between co-heirs ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit  
Partition of immovable property between co-owners ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit No prior authorisation is required - No limit​
​Donation of immovable property to a spouse, descendant or an ascendant in the direct line and their relative spouses - in the absence of descendants to a brother or sister and their descendants ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit
Immovable Property required for the person's business activities' or supply of services by such person No prior authorisation is required - No limit No prior authorisation is required ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit ​No prior authorisation is required - No limit
​ No permit granted unless required for an industrial or touristic project or as a contributor to the development of the economy of Malta  
 

  Notes  
  * : A permit will not be granted if applicant has already acquired immovable property in Malta; other conditions also apply.  
  1 : This presupposes a change of ordinary residence if the purchaser is not already a resident of Malta.  
  2 : This would typically include holiday homes where there is no change of ordinary residence.