Tips for renting an apartment as a senior in Malta
Pick the right location
Real estate agents are big on location – and there are many reasons why. Three factors stand out to be considered by pensioners before picking out the right location to rent in.
Noise. Renting in the Inner Harbour region is popular among young people interested in work and nightlife. Areas such as Sliema, St.Julians and Msida tend to be hectic and noisy, while inland, western and southern parts of Malta are more agreeable to those looking for a more quiet place to stay. Gozo is also a popular choice for those looking for a relaxing retirement.
Upon retirement, those interested in renting often prefer the latter – a peaceful and unengaged location for ultimate relaxation. However, others are not averse to keeping a more active social life and thrive in busier areas. Pinpoint your priorities and choose the right location for your lifestyle.
Accessibility. Whichever area you choose, most towns in Malta are more than fit for seniors to rent in – grocery shops are within arms reach in most residential areas. However, some prefer to live closer to other conveniences such as pharmacies and hospitals, and those with pets like to have a veterinary clinic within walking distance. Keep these in mind when visiting apartments, and have a quick look around to make sure everything you need is accessible to you.
Community. Many retirees look forward to moving out into a quiet place with not much people around, in order to relax. However, it is important to avoid complete isolation in these cases. Consider befriending your neighbours or renting closer to family or friends if this is something you are worried about.
2. Set a budget according to location
Ask around or do some research on the typical costs of renting in your area of choice. Don’t let landlords assume you are not informed, as you will risk being overcharged while there would be a much better deal elsewhere.
Naturally, some areas will demand higher prices for smaller apartments. The initial price given to you might also be set for either short or long let, and would scale accordingly – don’t be afriad to double check with your landlord.
3. Examine the apartment and neighbourhood
When visiting apartments, pay attention for things that might bother you during your stay. Listen closely for any excessive noise coming from the apartment block or the surrounding area, and don’t take these annoyances lightly – remember, you’ll be living here!
Check any appliances that come with the apartment. Make sure the stove and fridge are fully functioning, and take note of any damage or imperfections around the place to make sure you don’t get blamed for it, or have it reduced from your security deposit later on.
4. Just ask
Press your landlord with the important questions: are there any difficult tenants, who would your neighbours be? Is it overly noisy at times?
Don’t be afraid to ask them whether they think the apartment is appropriate for somebody with your needs and preferences. It would not benefit a landlord to lie to you and lead you on if they will be receiving a myriad of complaints afterwards.
You might also be surprised at just how helpful some neighbours could be if you just ask for help. If possible, inquire about the area, the renting conditions and overall experience of living in the apartment building. If they are particularly frustrated about something, it’s highly likely that they will tell you.
All in all – decide what your prerogatives are and do your research accordingly. Don’t be afraid to snoop around and make extra sure the apartment you’re checking out is up to your standard before agreeing to rent, and don’t hesitate to ask difficult questions or reach out to people for help in your endeavor.