Welcome to Oh my little home in Malta!
I bought this little place in Malta almost a year ago, as I fell for the Maltese tiles everywhere in that 60m2 flat. Soon after I signed a contract with the turnkey Kurt Galea Pace, who was then so promising. But the guy did not keep any of his promises, does not want to give me back the money he billed for the works he never did, lied about me and insulted me in public. After two years “working” with him, I must say that he is incompetent in turnkey projects and I wish that no one get mislead or give any money to this guy!
A turnkey is a type of project that is constructed so that it could be sold to any buyer as a completed product. This is contrasted with build to order, where the constructor builds an item to the buyer’s exact specifications, or when an incomplete product is sold with the assumption that the buyer would complete it.
A turnkey project or contract as described by Duncan Wallace (1984) is:
…. a contract where the essential design emanates from, or is supplied by, the Contractor and not the owner, so that the legal responsibility for the design, suitability and performance of the work after completion will be made to rest … with the contractor …. ‘Turnkey’ is treated as merely signifying the design responsibility as the contractor’s.
We signed a contract in September 2012, the works were planned on three to five month. There were a lot of progress at the beginning and in January, everything stopped. I managed to move in in April, the flat was not finished, the furniture not delivered (except the horrible bed that Kurt Galea Pace got at the last minute without consulting me). We reworked a plan of work at least 3 times since then, always with the promises that the work will be finished in the coming days… It is soon going to be 2 years and here we are.
The amount of work left out is approximately 7500 euros, that I am already repaying the bank for, obviously. On such a small flat, it is a huge amount of works left pending, in addition of becoming dangerous.