Landlord collecting rental arrears

Today's Times of Malta published a letter by Edward Delicata of St. Julian's.
The story echoes many other similair problems landlords are having with tenants who moved in under the old rental laws.

Following is the letter:

Tenant's Trickery

A tenant owed the landlord rental arrears plus interest and legal expenses amounting to Lm1,070. The tenant had to evict the premises by court order.
The tenant, as a last resort, provided a hazy assurance of payment by showing off cash amounting to Lm1,070. In spite of legal assistance provided to both parties, the tenant managed, by this hideous act, to obtain the best condition possible in renewing occupancy of the tenement, that is, leaving the owner without the money and occupying the premises once again by depositing in the registry of the court an amount of Lm180 as rent for a period of six years.
Furthermore, the premises have been valued by an architect at Lm8,000 in an occupied state and at Lm30,000 if vacant.

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