Regulations will prevent fire incidents from escalating
The Civil Protection Department is in the coming weeks proposing a number of fire safety regulations for apartment blocks.
The measures follow recommendations in an inquiry led by Magistrate Joseph Mifsud following a fire at 77 “Waterways” Flat 3, Triq l-Aħmar, Marsascala, during which a man had lost his life. Six people had also been hospitalised.
They include that fire drills led by the administrator should be carried out in every apartment block, that each block should have fire extinguishers u fire blankets at a place that was visible and accessible and that there should be a smoke and fire detection alarm in the common area.
Other proposals are for emergency exit signage, easy accessibility to roofs, and that callers to emergency number 112 should give as much information as possible and identify a landmark for a faster response time.
These, the CPD said in a statement, were some of the measures that could be taken to …
Several times in the course of a month, I am contacted by companies or individuals looking for commercial properties to rent or buy.
It is very obvious, and everyone usually agrees, that the nature of one's business is a very important factor and usually determines, and in many cases limits, one's final selection. A retail company will seek passing trade. A legal office, clinic or accountancy firm would usually go for easy parking and easy access, with the exception of cities like Valletta or Sliema. However in the past years, there has been a great increase in IT businesses, or similar companies who do not see the public face to face, but communicate via modern technology.
Here in Malta, perhaps more then other countries, it is very important for such companies to take into consideration a few very vital points, which are:
1. Distance from the nearest sub station, and telephone exchange. Positioning your office far away from these sources will increase your chances of fallin…
Bachelor apartments and studios are selling like hot cakes. Independent young people, small investors and seperated couples are all contributing to the bullish market.
(To answer a frequently asked question, bachelor apartments have a seperate bedroom, and sometimes a seperate kitchen and living. A studio apartment has a large room furnished as an open plan kitchen, living and bedroom and only the bathroom or shower is seperate.)
Most investors in the buy to let market are preferring the smaller apartments. They offer flexibility, are cheaper to furnish and equip, and rarely remain empty for more then a couple of weeks unless they're over priced.
Will the market hold out?
In the current unregulated market, the current trend shows no sign of relent. Hundreds of new 1 bedroom properties are being rented out, most fetching around Lm120 to Lm160 monthly in the Sliema area. The older apartments are still very much in demand too, these fetching the same Lm90 to Lm110 monthly also in upm…