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Scottish landlords banned from raising rents… should Malta follow suit?

Scottish landlords banned from raising rents… should Malta follow suit?
Sep 7 2022 Share

The Scottish government has just introduced an immediate rent freeze for both social tenants and private renters, as well as a freeze on all evictions. 

The freeze will last until next spring, with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying that the move was part of plans to deal with the humanitarian emergency caused by soaring energy bills and cost-of-living prices. 

Scotland’s tenants union, Living Rent, described the measure as a “huge win that would not have been possible without years of organising by members.”

Sturgeon said that the government does not have the power to stop energy bills from rising, but they can take action to ensure that rent does not rise. 

Looking at the local context, research published in June of 2022 showed that housing prices doubled since 2013 in Malta. Young couples could only afford apartments that around 115 square metres, with singles struggling to afford to purchase property. 

The research was carried out by Grant Thornton and Dhalia, which showed that a property which sold for €100,000 in 2013 H1 would be selling at €200,000 in 2022. 

Rental price specifically was reported to have gone up by some 42% over the nine year period. Should the Maltese government introduce a scheme similar to Scotland’s?

The Scottish freeze scheme is facing opposition from property investors who are also facing living costs on the rise as well. However, it does seem as though London’s mayor Sadiq Khan is intrigued by the idea, having proposed a freeze on rents as well some time before. 

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Malta’s women football team finish World Cup qualifiers with 2-0 win over Montenegro

Malta’s women football team finish World Cup qualifiers with 2-0 win over Montenegro
Sep 7 2022 Share

Malta’s International Women’s Football team ended their qualification phase for the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers with a 2-0 win over Montenegro. 

Maria Farrugia and captain Emma Lipman scored one first-half goal each, with the latter’s score being the first one for her country. Sealing a victory for coach Mark Gatt during his final game in charge of the team, the Maltese team finished their campaign with 7 points. 

This is their best record in the new format of this competition. Despite a Montenegro ferociously playing to earn their remaining points, Malta still held off the team and come out on top at the end. 

 

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The Maltese team could have scored more goals as they mounted pressure throughout the whole match, meaning that despite not increasing their already great goal-count, their performance was stellar nonetheless. 

The victory was praised by many, including Energy Minister Miriam Dalli who shared an appreciation post of the team, saying that they are making all of Malta very proud. And we couldn’t agree more!

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2 LESA officers help change driver’s flat tyre during rush hour

2 LESA officers help change driver’s flat tyre during rush hour
Sep 7 2022 Share

An appreciation post was uploaded to local Facebook group ‘Are You Being Served’, showing two LESA officers helping out a driver change their tyre on a busy main road.

The officers wasted no time in helping the man by the name of Steven Debono during rush hour. 

Debono explained how his tyre exploded and that he could not move his car to a safer side. Whilst waiting for the towing service, ‘officer 882 and officer 870 stopped to deviate traffic safely and changed the tyre themselves!’ 

The post was flooded by positive comments directed at the officers. ‘At least good souls still exist’ said one. Another said: 

‘Now that is a ray of golden sunshine from these two diligent officers. That is what it means to go the extra mile.’ 

Another woman said that this happened to her as well but could not recall who the officer was. Well done to these amazing officers!

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Feeding stray cats is not illegal but leaving a mess is

Feeding stray cats is not illegal but leaving a mess is
Sep 6 2022 Share

The Office of the Commissioner for Animal Welfare released a statement outlining the law when it comes to the feeding of stray cats.

It is not illegal for one to feed the stray cats but it is illegal for these same people to leave a mess afterwards.  

‘When we argue that stray cats shouldn’t be fed due to the waste it creates, we would be going against the  appropriate treatment of animals act (KAP 439)’ the statement read. 

‘In Malta we find lots of rubbish pertaining to ice cream wrappers and crisp packets. But no one thinks of stopping people from eating these snacks outside.’ 

‘As is written in Chapter 439, the state has the responsibility to push a culture of respect towards animals. The state also has the responsibility of promoting the well-being of animals and that this well-being is protected with state intervention, with all of its legislative, judicial and administrative sections.’ 

However, according to the law it is also illegal to litter and leave rubbish in public spaces. Thus, those who engage in feeding strays are obliged to clean up after the fact. They are also obliged to remove the containers out of which the cats fed. 

In the same breadth, containers with clean water are not considered as rubbish, and can thus be left in spaces which bother no one. 

‘Ideally, local councils should try and arrive at a compromise along with those who feed stray cats to find a space outside where the cats can be fed. The identified space needs to comply with the natural and territorial needs of the cats. This means that cats should not have to go long distances to eat and that they should never be in any danger of being too close to a street.’ 

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