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Postby rahdo » Sun 20 Oct 2013 18:01 GMT

Darn. Well, thanks for letting me know. I appreciate your speedy reply =)
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Postby gozomark » Sat 30 Nov 2013 10:44 GMT

http://gozonews.com/42497/no-differenti ... utilities/

ARMS have agreed to no longer require the eRsidency card for foreigners resident in Malta to get the lower residency rates :-)
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Postby Playbyte » Sat 30 Nov 2013 10:51 GMT

Great news for all, now lets hope that tenants will get the same treatment or that landlords can be persuaded to register their tenants so that billing can be done directly.
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Postby gozomark » Sat 30 Nov 2013 10:54 GMT

There is still the issue that if a landlord refuses to register the tenants, then they will still be on the higher rates - this applies to both foreign and Maltese citizens
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Postby Kraut ;-) » Sat 30 Nov 2013 11:21 GMT

Looks like one still has to pay around 500€ deposit.

Those ignorant guys looked at me if i come from the moon, when i asked if i get interest on that deposit.
They get a credit from me for many years. In these years the money is losing value and they work with my money.
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Postby gozomark » Sat 30 Nov 2013 11:24 GMT

You only pay the deposit if the account is put in the tenants name (same for Maltese) - alternatively you can be recognised on the account, but the bill remains in the landlords name, then lower rates and no deposit
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Postby gozomark » Sun 1 Dec 2013 11:00 GMT

Page 4 Sunday Times

"An Energy Ministry spokeswoman yesterday confirmed that ARMS’s two-tier system – with non-Maltese residents being subjected to a domestic tariff higher than the residential rate – would end at once."
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Postby gozomark » Sun 1 Dec 2013 11:05 GMT

Playbyte wrote:Great news for all,.


not quite all - non residents and people with 2nd homes will still pay the higher rates
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Postby Cuauhtli » Sun 1 Dec 2013 11:16 GMT

So nothing has changed (apart from ID card as proof of residency). You still need the landlord to agree to declaring you as resident in the property to get the cheaper rate.
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Postby gozomark » Sun 1 Dec 2013 11:18 GMT

If you are renting, correct. If you own property, then its now easier.
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Postby euphony » Fri 26 Feb 2016 07:01 GMT

So, am I correct in thinking that a landlord can refuse to allow me to be recognised as a resident at their property? Isn't this illegal somehow? That sounds crazy as it would show clearly that they're trying to fiddle the taxman.
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Postby gozomark » Fri 26 Feb 2016 07:08 GMT

yes they can refuse to do so, and yes, its an indication they are not declaring their rental income
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Postby euphony » Fri 26 Feb 2016 07:15 GMT

thanks Mark, I'm going to grill the landlords about this as I'm not being taken for a ride by anyone :)
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Postby gozomark » Fri 26 Feb 2016 07:20 GMT

a few years ago I think genuinely many landlords had no idea about this, but nowadays most landlords seem happy to accept the registration, even those with only one property to rent. Same goes for estate agents, they finaly seem to understand the significance
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Postby euphony » Fri 26 Feb 2016 07:36 GMT

Thanks Mark, they registered the previous tenants, which is why I find it strange that they didn't even decide to mention this to us, they just gave us the keys and left!
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