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What is an Energy Certificate?
It is a document that describes how efficient a home is in terms of energy consumption. It also recommend on how to save money and makes your home more efficient.
It assigns an energy rating to each home on a scale which ranges from “A” (being most efficient) to “G” (being less efficient).
Is it obligatory to have an Energy Performance Certificate?
Simply put, yes. Obligatory for all sellers and lessors who are advertising their property for sale or rent. If you do not hold an energy performance certificate you will be fined.
Has the decree regulating the energy certificates been approved?
Yes it has been approved and it came into force 1st of June, 2013.
Who can issue an Energy Certificate?
The energy certificates are issued by qualified professional technicians or architects who are authorized to undertake building projects and thermal installations for buildings.
Will the technician need to visit the property?
Yes, they have to in order to take measurements and collect information about the property before drawing up and certifying the report.
Will I be able to sell a home which does not have an EC after 1.06.2013?
No you won´t, you will have to have an EC before selling your home. You will be asked to provide this at the notary.
Who will have to pay for the EC and how much does it cost?
The owner of the property to be sold or rented.
Energy Certificates in Spain cost around €300. The cost depends on the size of your property: an EC assessor is likely to charge around €250 for a 100m2 home, plus €30 to present the certificate at the regional body (prices differ for each body).
Although it’s a big outlay in the short term, without a certificate you could face fines of €300, or in the worst case scenario, €6,000.
New homes built after 2007 should already have certificates. However there are reports that many don’t. If your property is a new-build, it’s worth double checking so you’re not caught out with a hefty fine.
How do I know if the property already has an energy certificate? Is there a website to check?
Each regional registry can check if the property has a registered energy certificate by looking up the catastral reference.
How do I receive my EC?
Your assessor will give you the certificate once it has been fully registered and approved. You can also download it from your client log in once it has been approved.
How long is the energy certificate valid for?
The certificate is valid for 10 years. This means owners will not have to obtain a new certificate during this period unless they renovate or change the property in any way.
If I want to sell my home and it has a poor energy rating, such as D, E or F, am I obliged to make any improvements?
No, you are not obliged to make any improvements even if your property has a low rating.
Will a low rating affect the sale of my home? Can I sell it without any problems?
You are free to sell your home. The only way it will affect a sale is how the rating influences the buyer.
At what point in the marketing process of my property do I need an EC?
You will need an EC before advertising for sale or rent. Fines can be applied if your property does not hold an EC when being advertised.
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