September 30th deadline for Gibraltar's Registrar of Property Occupation

16 Aug 2022

The Register of Property Occupation Act 2021 (the “Act”) commenced in Gibraltar on the 24th of February 2022.

In summary, it requires all individuals in occupation of residential property and their landlords to make an application to the Registrar of Property Occupation (“Registrar”). These applications can be made via the E-Government Portal.

Landlords for the purposes of the Act shall mean any person who is entitled, as between himself and a person in occupation of the relevant property, to the rents and profits of the relevant property.  Occupier for the purposes of the Act shall mean the person(s) in occupation of the relevant property.

The above shall apply to all private residential properties.  The original deadline had been set for Tuesday, 24th May 2022. However, following an HMGoG official press release, the deadline was subsequently extended to 30th September 2022.

The Act allows the Registrar to accept, reject or request further information on each application received.  The Registrar may even request an inspection of the property if found necessary.

Any property owner and/or tenant who fails to adhere to the above and does not submit an application within the required period (i.e. before the deadline mentioned above) is liable on summary conviction to a fine up to £4,000.

If you have any issues concerning the above or would like legal advice, our legal team is happy to assist.

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Please note that the information and any commentary on the law in this article is only intended as a general statement and is provided for information purposes only. No action should be taken in reliance on it without specific legal advice. Every reasonable effort is made to make the information and commentary accurate and up to date. Still, the author assumes no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness or for any consequence of relying on it. Further, this article note is not intended to amount to legal advice, reflects only the author’s views and is not intended to reflect the views of PEREZ RODRIGUEZ TRENADO LLP or any other entity associated with or connected with the author and/or PEREZ RODRIGUEZ TRENADO LLP.

Aidan Plows
Associate, Barrister-at-Law (Consultant)

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