Notices published in Govt. Gazette No. 19,951 of 20 February 2018

Department of Examinations

English as a Foreign Language (TELT) Examination – March 2018  

Part I – Written Session

The Director of Examinations notifies that the notice of the above-mentioned examination has been sent to the candidates concerned.

Those candidates who have not received the notice of the examination are asked to contact immediately the Department of Examinations, Floriana on 2598 2968, during office hours.

20th February, 2018

ARMED FORCES OF Malta

Live Firing Programme − Pembroke Ranges − March and April 2018

Live firing practice will be taking place at Pembroke Ranges during the months of March and April 2018, on the respective dates and times as indicated hereunder: 

From Wednesday, 1st March 2018 till Tuesday, 2nd March 2018, from 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

From Monday, 5th March, 2018 till Friday, 9th March, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

From Monday, 12th March, 2018 till Friday, 16th March, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

From Monday, 19th March, 2018 till Friday, 23rd March, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

From Saturday, 24th March, 2018 till Sunday, 25th March, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m. (Local Time)

From Monday, 26th March, 2018 till Thursday, 29th March, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

From Monday, 2nd April, 2018 till Friday, 6th April, 2018 from,  7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

From Monday, 9th April, 2018 till Friday, 13th April, 2018 from, 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

From Monday, 16th April, 2018 till Friday, 20th April, 2018 from, 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

From Monday, 23rd April, 2018 till Friday, 27th April, 2018 from, 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

On Monday, 30th April, 2018 from 7.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. (Local Time)

The attention of all entities concerned is drawn to the fact that the AFM will be activating LMD-6 Pembroke low, an area with 4 NM radius centered on 355554N 0142832E joining the following points: 355946N 0142715E  - 35 5829N 0143219E.  

All vessels are to keep four nautical miles (4 NM) off Pembroke coast during the above dates and times.

Red marker flags, indicating that the ranges are in use will be flown on the dates and times in caption from the limits of the ranges concerned.

MATS is to activate LMD 06 ‘Pembroke low’ during the above times.

20th February, 2018

MINISTRY FOR THE FAMILY, CHILDREN’S

RIGHTS AND SOCIAL SOLIDARITY

The contact details pertaining to agencies accredited by the Department for Social Welfare Standards are being published as follows:

Agency name: Foundation for Social Welfare Services – Aġenzija Appoġġ

Address: 36, Triq San Luqa, Gwardamanġa PTA 1318, Malta

Legally Responsible Person: Mr Alfred Grixti

Email: appogg@gov.mt

Telephone number: 00356 2295 9000

20th February, 2018

Housing Authority

Scheme for the Rehabilitation of Vacant Dwellings for Rent

1. Purpose of the Scheme

The Rehabilitation of Vacant Dwellings for Rental Scheme is an initiative intended to encourage private owners to invest in the rehabilitation of unoccupied, substandard residential dwellings and lease them to the Authority to accommodate social housing applicants.  

The Authority is offering a one time grant to owners of vacant residential dwellings.  Once the dwelling house is rendered up to standard and suitable for occupation, it is then leased to the Authority for a period of ten years.   The Authority will in turn sublet the dwelling house to persons/families who are eligible for social accommodation, and will be fully responsible for collecting rents from the sub lessees. The Authority will be fully responsible to ensure that sub-lessees will fully comply with rent conditions imposed by the Authority.   The owner will receive the pre agreed lease payment from the Authority on a six monthly basis.  

2. Definition

In this Scheme, unless the context otherwise requires:

“applicant” means a person who applies for the rehabilitation cash grant on private dwellings which will be then leased to the Authority under this Scheme.  When the application is made by two or more persons jointly, the application shall include all applicants and applicants will oblige themselves to adhere to their obligations in solidum;

“the Authority”, means the Housing Authority established by section 3 of the Housing Authority Act, 1976, (Cap. 261);

“dwelling house” means a building or part of a building constructed or adapted for occupation as a separate dwelling and excludes houses owned or leased by the Government, the Housing Authority, the Joint Office any parastatal body or local authority;

“owner” includes a physical and moral person who has the property or perpetual emphyteusis;

“Government” means the Government of Malta;

 “prescribed” means prescribed by the Authority;

3. Applications to benefit under this Scheme

(a) Any person eligible to benefit under this Scheme may submit an application on the prescribed form to the Authority requesting financial assistance from the Authority to rehabilitate the said vacant private dwelling house which is thereafter to be leased to the Authority for a period of ten (10) years uninterruptedly and without hindrance.

(b) The benefit available under this Scheme shall consist of a cash grant up to a maximum of twenty-five thousand euro (€25,000).

4. Eligibility to Apply Under This Scheme

(a) The dwelling house has been vacant for at least one (1) year before the date of submission of application under this scheme.  The owners will be required to provide evidence that this dwelling house has been vacant for this period on submission of application;

(b) The dwelling house must be considered by the Authority as being suitable and according to the Authority’s requirements for social accommodation and this in the absolute discretion of the Authority and subject to the needs of the same Authority who will have the right refuse any property being offered under this scheme;

(c) The dwelling house, which is to be rehabilitated and leased to the Authority, has been built for at least 30 years from the date of submission of application under this scheme;

(d) The applicant must be:

(i) a Maltese citizen,

(ii) at least eighteen years of age on the date of submission of application,

(iii) the absolute owner of the dwelling house offered to the Authority,

(iv) legally authorised to rent the dwelling house to the Authority.

If the applicant is not separated, the application to benefit under this Scheme must be made  by both spouses jointly.

5. The Rehabilitation Grant

(a) The rehabilitation grant of a maximum of €25,000 may be granted only for the purpose of assisting the applicant in carrying out the rehabilitation of the dwelling in order to render it up to standard for residential purposes and for works related to:

i) extraordinary structural repairs,

ii) alteration/extension works necessary to render the dwelling suitable for accommodation,

iii) repairs/replacement of electricity, plumbing and drainage systems,

iv) improvement/replacement or installation of bath/shower room,

v) repairs/replacement of floor tiles,

vi) repairs/replacement of external apertures and balconies,

vii) repairs/replacement of internal doors,

viii) water proofing to the roofs,

ix) appropriate improvements and damp proofing works as permanent solutions to eliminate problems of rising damp,

x) restoration of facades,

xi) other finishing works required to render premises up to standard and suitable for accommodation,

xii) professional fees (these will only be granted if a Planning Authority permit is required);

(b) The rehabilitation works involved must be considered as viable at the absolute discretion of the Authority.  The works approved by the Authority shall be completed within twelve months (12) from the date of approval authorising the rehabilitation grant and the grant paid under the provisions of this Article shall be payable by the Authority only after the Authority has ascertained that the works have been carried out in full and as approved by the Authority, against fiscal receipts in the name of the applicant and after compliance with all conditions prevailing by or under this Scheme.  The period of twelve (12) months may be extended by the Authority at its sole discretion;

(c) The rehabilitation grant approved under this Scheme shall not exceed the total reasonable costs of the works to be carried out as approved by the Authority, and in each case shall not exceed the sum of €25,000;

(d) The applicant shall allow the Authority or its representatives to inspect the dwelling house to be rehabilitated at any time as required;

(e) The applicant shall submit to the Authority, details including quotations and estimated costs of the works required under each of items (i) to (xii).  These estimates shall be subject to the approval of the Authority and the grant amount as approved by the Authority shall be final;

(f) The rehabilitation grant shall only be awarded by the Authority for works which are approved and confirmed in writing to be satisfactorily completed by the Authority.  The grant will not be awarded for works which are carried out prior to inspection of the premises by the Authority or by its appointed representative and/or if all permits required by law are not obtained;

(g) The Authority is entitled to register in its favour a Special Privilege and/or Special Hypothec and/or General Hypothec according to law for a period of ten (10) years covering the rehabilitation grant given under this scheme, without prejudice to other rights at law and this to guarantee the refund of the rehabilitation grant in the event that the applicant fails to conform with any one or all conditions stipulated in the scheme. 

6. Disqualification

A person shall not qualify to submit an application under this Scheme if:

(a) the Authority does not consider that the dwelling house can be rendered up to standard and according to the Authority’s requirements for social accommodation and this at the absolute discretion of the Authority;

(b) the dwelling house is in a slum area which is earmarked for demolition;

(c) the applicant is not the absolute owner of the dwelling house;

(d) the dwelling house has not been vacant for at least one (1) year;

(e) the dwelling house is not built in accordance with the planning permits, sanitary and building regulations.

7. Method of Application

A person eligible to apply under this Scheme shall submit an application in the prescribed form for assistance and shall deliver same personally to the Authority during office hours.

8. Administrative Charge and Abandoned Applications

(a) Each application for rehabilitation grant under this Scheme shall be lodged personally by the applicant with the Authority and application shall not be accepted unless accompanied by the sum of fifty euro (€50.00) together with all requested documents attached to application.  The sum will not be refunded under any circumstance;

(b) Where any applicant under the scheme fails to appear on the deed of grant and/or lease agreement when called upon to do so by the Authority, his application shall be deemed to have been abandoned and the administrative charges mentioned in paragraph (a) of this article shall not be recoverable by the applicant;

(c) Saving the provisions of immediately preceding paragraphs of this Article, any expenses incurred by the applicants in connection with their application shall not be recoverable by the applicants whether or not their application is successful.

9. Conditions for the Scheme

(a) The dwelling house which qualifies for the rehabilitation grant under this Scheme shall be leased to the Authority for a period of ten (10) years uninterruptedly and without hindrance, and the applicant has to authorize the Authority to sublet the dwelling house to third parties at its absolute discretion;

(b) The Authority will have exclusive rights to collect the rent due by her prospective tenants. In return, the applicants will authorise the Housing Authority to transfer the bills of both water and electricity services onto the prospective tenants who will be then responsible for the payment of these utilities meters together with their consumption;

(c) The maximum grant under this is scheme is €25,000;

(d) The rent payable will be considered according to the size, location, and layout of the dwelling house together with the amount of grant approved.  The rents will be increased by 2% every year;

(e) The applicant must be legally authorised to rent the dwelling house to the Authority. In addition, the applicant should declare that there are no pending litigations in regard to this property and same property is not subject to sale by auction (subbasta);

(f) The applicant binds himself to observe the rent regulations as set out in the Civil Code, Cap. 16;

(g) Prior to the lease agreement the dwelling house must be in a fully finished state.  Finished state includes plastering, rendering and painting of all walls and ceilings, complete plumbing (hot & cold) system including water tank, complete electricity system including consumer unit, complete drainage system, floor tiling works, main door, apertures and internal doors, intercom and a fully equipped bathroom. The external envelope of the dwelling house must be fully finished and water tight.    The full equipped bathroom, which should be in a very good condition, should include shower/bath, wash hand basin, water closet, a water heater and accessories;

(h) In case of block of apartments, the common parts of block of apartments should be fully finished including lift where possible, intercom system, meter cupboards, electricity system, stair railing and letter boxes;

(i) The applicant must insure against all risks, including third party risks, the block/property including the common parts being offered to the Authority under this scheme.  In addition, they also bind themselves to submit to the Authority, on a yearly basis, a copy of the said policy.  If the applicants fail to insure or pay the insurance, the Authority will have the right to pay for such policy and deducts rent payable to applicant with the amount of insurance paid.   A letter will be then sent by the Authority to the applicant to inform him of the above;

(j) Once the works under this scheme are carried out the applicant is responsible for all extraordinary repairs and maintenance of the dwelling house including, but not only, the structural repairs, ordinary maintenance of the external envelope, any faults related to the plumbing, electricity and drainage system.   In addition, the applicant is also responsible to reinstate any damages caused by lack of proper maintenance;

(k) The applicant is to provide a compliance certificate for utility services application when requested for it by the Authority.  The applicant is also to provide the necessary lift certificates, where applicable together with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC);

(l) In case of an apartment in a block, the applicant is to form part of the condominium in accordance with the Condominium Act, Cap. 398 of the Laws of Malta, where applicable, which condominium will be responsible for the maintenance of the common parts and lift where applicable.  The contribution of the common parts due for each apartment leased to the Authority will be paid directly by the Authority to the applicant.  This maintenance fee will be capped by the Authority depending on the number of units within the block which amount will be directly deposited in the applicant’s bank as mentioned in clause 9 (r) together with the amount of rent due to applicant.   For the following years, an upward revision of the maintenance fee is to take place at the rate of 2% per annum.  The applicant is to remain responsible for the residents’ association and related obligations as per clause (m) below;

(m) The applicant is also responsible for all ordinary and extraordinary repairs and maintenance of the common parts of a block of apartments, which include:

structural repairs,

maintenance of the external envelope,

roof maintenance,

faults in electricity system in the common parts and intercom,

where a lift is installed, its maintenance agreement, certification of engineer, lift rescue service line charges and extraordinary and non-scheduled repairs,

regular decoration works,

payments of the electricity consumption and meter charges of the common parts.

On the other hand, the prospective tenants of the Authority will be responsible for the repairs and ordinary maintenance of the property leased to them;

(n) The Authority retains the right to carry out those repairs which are the responsibility of the applicant if the applicant fails to carry out these works himself.  These works can be carried out by the Authority or by someone delegated by the Authority and the cost of the repairs will be deducted from the rent due to the applicant.  The applicant will be informed of the above, in writing by the Authority;

(o) The Housing Authority is responsible for the payment of all utilities bills including, water, electricity and telephone services during the lease period. On the date of the signing of the rental agreement, the applicant binds himself to settle all pending bills covering both the consumption and the rental of all utility meters.  In addition, the applicant is obliged to present evidence showing that all bills are settled, which evidence is to be attached to the rental agreement.   The utility bills are to be transferred onto the Housing Authority by the applicant within seven days from the date of the rental agreement and the same applicant is to furnish the Authority with the necessary documents to effect the transfer;

(p) During the rental period, the applicant binds himself to inform the Authority in case he intends to transfer the property to third parties.  In the case where the property is transferred to third parties during the rental period, the applicant is obliged to inform the prospective buyers that the property is subject to a rental agreement together with the terms and conditions regulating same rental.  In addition, the applicant is to attach the rental agreement entered into between himself and the Authority to the deed of sale of same property;

(q) The applicants reserve the right to inspect the immovable property offered for rent under this scheme, in which case, he obliges himself to inform the Authority at least forty-eight hours before the inspection and also carries out the inspection if he is accompanied by an official of the Authority;

(r) The Authority commits itself to:

Ensure that at the expiry of the lease agreement, the dwelling house is returned to the applicant in a good state of repair taking into consideration wear and tear during the ten years of lease;

Pay the rent to the applicant every six months in advance by means of a direct credit in the applicant’s bank account;

Ensure an annual rent increase of a fixed rate of 2% per annum on the rent of dwelling house offered under this scheme;

Ensure use of the dwelling house as ordinary residence for social accommodation purposes;

Ensure that the tax due by the successful applicant on the rental income of the property rented to the Authority under this scheme, will be paid by the Authority;

Ensure that the maintenance fees of the common parts administered by the applicant are paid regularly by the Authority directly to the applicant.   This maintenance fee will be capped by the Authority depending on the number of units within the block. For the following years, a revision of the maintenance fee is to take place at the rate of 2% per annum.

10. Termination of Lease Agreement

The lease agreement between the Authority and the applicants may be terminated in case where any of the conditions of the scheme or the rental agreement are breached by the applicant as well as in the eventuality that the applicant fails to observe to his obligations.  In addition, where the Authority decides not to terminate the lease agreement, the Authority will have the right to impose a penalty up to a maximum of €20 per day until the applicants regularise themselves with the conditions of both the scheme and rental agreement.

The full grant received under this scheme has to be refunded to the Authority if the applicant decides to terminate the lease for any circumstance.

11. Penalty for False Declaration

If at any time it results that applicants have made a false declaration or given incorrect information/documents for the purposes of any application made under this Scheme, without prejudice to any penalty for which they may have become liable under any other law, the applicants shall be liable to the payment to the Authority of a fine equivalent to the sum total of any subsidy from which applicants have benefited under the provisions of the Scheme. They will also be disqualified for a period of five (5) years from benefiting from any scheme made with the approval of the Minister responsible for Housing, and shall forfeit the right to any subsidy under this Scheme.

This incorrect or false declaration or this submission of incorrect or false documents may also lead to the commencement of criminal procedures.

12. Right of Refusal

Notwithstanding anything contained in the foregoing provisions of this Scheme, the Authority shall have the right, at its absolute discretion, to refuse any application and its decision will be final and not subject to scrutiny.

The Authority shall have a right to stop and, or withdraw this scheme and it shall have the right to change its conditions even retrospectively and thus this scheme does not bestow acquired rights.  Such change shall not make the Authority subject to any action for damages.  An application that has been accepted may be withdrawn and, or refused if the conditions of the scheme are changed after the acceptance of the application. 

13. Amendments to the Scheme

The Authority shall have the right to make any amendments to this Scheme by publication of the said amendments in the Government Gazette – such amendments will be also applicable for the rental agreement between the Authority and the applicant. Such amendments may be made applicable retroactively. No amendments shall subject the Authority to an action for damages or any other legal action.

The Authority also reserves the right and this at its absolute discretion, to change or include other obligations or conditions of the scheme and rental agreements, which conditions or obligations are not mentioned in the scheme.

14. Duration of Scheme

This Scheme shall remain in force for a period of one year from the date of its publication in the Government Gazette, and shall be automatically renewed for further periods of one year each unless a Notice to the contrary is published in the Government Gazette indicating that the scheme has been withdrawn.

15. Interpretation

In case the Maltese text differs from the English text, the Maltese text will prevail.

These conditions should form an integral part of the agreement/rental agreement and in case where the conditions of the agreement/rental agreement are different from the conditions indicated in the scheme, the interpretation or condition which is most favourable to the Authority is to be applied. 

20th February, 2018

Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity

In terms of Regulation 79(4)(h) of the Public Procurement Regulations (LN 352 of 2016) the Director Financial Governance and Planning within the Compliance and Investigations Division within the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity is publishing a list of all awards of contracts between the €10,000 and €250,000 threshold, which were awarded by the Ministerial Procurement Unit within the same ministry between the 1st July, 2017 and the 31st December, 2017.

20th February, 2018

MPU MFSS Ref

Contracting

Authority

Title

Date of Award

Awardee

Contract Val​ue

MPUMFCS 17002

SAPPORT

Tender for the provision of an external auditor to audit the financial statements of Aġenzija Sapport

20/12/2017

PKF Malta

€25/hr up to  €5,000 excl VAT*

MPUMFCS 17017

HA

Tender for the provision of mechanical engineering consultancy services in connection with the installation of passenger lifts in various existing social housing blocks in Malta

12/12/2017

Inġ. Ray Spiteri

€35,450.00 excl VAT

 

 







* Estimated value of tender was €27,000 excl VAT

 SAN ĠILJAN LOCAL COUNCIL

Suspension of Traffic and Parking

The San Ġiljan Local Council notifies that the transit of vehicles through the streets mentioned hereunder will be suspended on Saturday, 17th March, 2018, between 1.00 p.m. and 1.00 a.m.

The streets are: Pjazza Qalb ta’ Ġesù, part of Triq Ġorġ Borg Olivier, part of Triq San Ġorġ, part of Triq Michelangelo Borg and part of Triq Wied Għomor.

The San Ġiljan Local Council also notifies that parking is prohibited in Triq San Ġorġ (from the Immaculate Conception Chapel towards Spinola Bay), Pjazza Qalb ta’ Ġesù and the Tigulio Car Park between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. on Saturday, 17th March, 2018.

20th February, 2018

Naxxar Local Council

Suspension of Parking and Traffic

The Naxxar Local Council notifies that on the dates shown hereunder, the seaside carriageway leading towards Pembroke from St. Paul’s Bay on Triq il-Kosta from the Coastline Hotel, Salina up to the roundabout near the Splash and Fun Complex, will be closed for traffic:

Sunday, 4th March, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. to noon

Sunday, 10th June, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. to noon

Sunday, 8th July, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Sunday, 9th September, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Sunday, 23rd September, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Sunday, 14th October, 2018, from 7.00 a.m. to noon

Public Transport shall be diverted during these times.

From the day before each date up to three hours after the finish of each race, the recreational area opposite Salini Resort will be considered as a towing zone.

16th February, 2018

ĦAL GĦARGĦUR LOCAL COUNCIL

Feast of Palm Sunday, 25th March, 2018

Setting up of Kiosks

The Ħal Għargħur Local Council notifies that it is accepting applications for the setting up of kiosks for the occasion of the Palm Sunday. These applications are to reach the Office of the Ħal Għargħur Local Council by not later than Tuesday, 20th March, 2018.

The applicant has to submit with the application:

Identity card;

Photo of the kiosk;

Certification from the VAT Department;

Trade licence;

Certificate issued by the Department of Public Health.

If one of these documents is not presented, the application will not be accepted.

A fee should be paid in accordance to Legal Notice 119/2002.

20th February, 2018