Documents required when buying a property in Malta

A. Muscat, 8 Jul 2015

Preliminary Agreement

The following will be needed for the signing of the preliminary agreement:

By the Seller

  • An official identification document (ID / Passport);
  • The purchase contract of the property or if the property was acquired causa mortis - the details of the date of date of the deceased together with the latest will and the deed of transmission causa mortis;
  • A block plan of the property being transferred and the permit;
  • If the property was acquired by a married couple; both parties need to be party to the transaction and the date of marriage should be specified;
  • In the case where the seller lives abroad or for a valid reason cannot be present at the signing of the preliminary deed in front of the notary a Power of Attorney will be needed and details of the tax registration number of the seller are also required (should the seller not have such a registration number the process to apply for it must be initiated);
  • In the case where the seller is a company, a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of the company or the Resolution of the Board of Directors allowing such person to represent the company is required.

By the Buyer:

  • An official identification document (ID / Passport);
  • A Cheque book to pay the seller a deposit, if applicable;
  • Payment of 1% of the purchase price, representing provisional Duty on documents.

Final Deed

The following will be needed for the signing of the final deed:

By the Seller
  • An official identification document (ID / Passport);
  • A copy of the latest receipts showing that all pending bills have been paid;
  • Any other document as required by the preliminary agreement signed earlier;
  • A Power of Attorney if the seller is not present at the signing of the contract;
  • The tax registration number of the seller, if residing abroad;
  • In the case where the seller is a company, a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of the company or the Resolution of the Board of Directors;
  • All the keys of the property being sold should be made available.
By the Buyer:
  • An official identification document (ID / Passport);
  • A cheque book to pay the balances of the duty on documents and the consideration of the property. In addition, the notary fees are usually settled in the same meeting.

For more information on the process of buying a house please click here.


Source: Notarial Council's website



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