If a PRL is not registered, the tenant can register the PRL himself at the owner`s expense and the tenant is entitled to the right to withhold part of the rent as reimbursement of the PRL registration fee. The law distinguishes between long-term private housing rental contracts and short-term private housing rental contracts. The registration of a rental agreement is best online via the E-ID or the creation of an online account via the aforementioned website. Once connected, you must create a profile for the people, companies or agents who rent the property. For private residential leases, the lessor must register the contract within 10 days of the start of the lease agreement. Otherwise, the tenant can declare the contract himself and withhold part of the rent for the reimbursement of administrative costs. On the other hand, long-term private residential leases are all leases negotiated for primary residential purposes, which are not considered to be short-term private residential leases and have a minimum duration of one year. If you need to sign a lease, our law firm in Malta can provide you with advice on this. Please contact our Maltese lawyers if you need legal representation for your contracts signed in Malta. We can also help foreign investors who want to buy real estate in Malta. If you have any questions about the above questions, do not hesitate to contact our RENTAL SERVICE under the contact details indicated below or simply fill out the message form at the end of this page: Conditions for a valid rental agreement and prohibited clauses Owners can register their rental contracts online via this link. .