Jul
16

Rent Reform in Malta: An Overview of the Residential Leases Bill

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This article was written by Dr. Zachary Galea and  Dr. Dorita Cardona  On the 2nd of July 2019, the Residential Leases Bill (Bill No. 91 of 2019) – the 'Bill' – was published in the Government Gazette of Malta (No. 20,223). The aim of this Bill is to bring into force by January 2020 the proposed Residential Leases Act, 2019 – the 'Act' – and to tackle many of the issues faced by lessors and lessees throughout the duration of their contractual periods of lease. The specific objects and reasons of the Bill are to promote the development of the private rent...
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Jul
09

Amendments to the Consumer Affairs Act – new procedural safeguards for traders in public enforcement proceedings

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This article was written by Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri On the 31 May 2019, Parliament enacted the Competition Act and Consumer Affairs Act and other Laws (Amendment) Act ("the Amendment Act").As the name implies, the Amendment Act amends not only the Competition Act ( read more here ), but also the Consumer Affairs Act ("the Act"). It is clear that following the Constitutional Court judgments in Federation of Estate Agents v Direttur Generali (Kompetizzjoni) et of 3 May 2016 and Thake et vs Electoral Commission of 8 October 2018 the need to amend the ...
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Jul
04

Circular Economy: Directive on Single-use Plastics comes into force

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This article was written by Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri On 2 July 2019, Directive 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of plastic products on the environment (the 'Directive') came into force. The Directive aims to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment  (1) and, in so doing, promotes the transition to a circular economy that seeks to give priority to sustainable and non-toxic re-usable products and re-use systems as opposed to single-use plastic products.  (2) Single-use plastic products are those pro...
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Jul
03

Avoidance of Damage to Third Party Property Regulations

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This article was written by Joshua Chircop and Nadia Abela. Overview and scope The 'Avoidance of Damages to Third Party Property Regulations' (L.N. 136 of 2019) (the 'Regulations') have been enacted by the Minister responsible for the building industry in virtue of the powers vested in him under the Building Regulation Act, after consultation with the Building Regulation Board (BRO). The scope of the Regulations is to ensure that before the start of any type of works consisting of any demolition, excavation, or construction, methodologies that are technically secu...
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Jul
03

Substantial Amendments to the Competition Act – the Salient Features

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This article was written by Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri The Competition Act and Consumer Affairs Act and other Laws (Amendment) Act ("the Amendment Act") was enacted on 31 May 2019. Parliament had first proposed amendments to the Competition Act (Cap 379 of the Laws of Malta) (the 'Act') following the Constitutional Court decision Federation of Estate Agents v Direttur Generali (Kompetizzjoni) et of 3 May 2016.After a public consultation and the Constitutional Court decision in Thake et vs Electoral Commission of 8 October 2018, a bill was presented to...
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