The government requires that from June 2013, all properties advertised for sale or for rent (rented for more than four months per year) to have an energy performance certificate.
The energy survey to produce an EPC is performed by an assessor who visits the property, examines key items such as insulation, boilers, radiators, double-glazing, air conditioning and so on. The assessor then inputs the information into a software program which produces the properties energy efficiency rating.
The ratings are on a scale which ranges from "A" (the most efficient) to "G" (the least efficient). The householder will have to pay for the survey, prices from 121 euros though can vary depending on the size of the property.
The owner of a property advertised for sale or rent who does not hold an EPC may be fined. The European directive aims to increase energy efficiency in buildings and homes in order to protect the environment, and makes it compulsory for all new and existing homes which come onto the market, whether for sale or for rent, to have this certificate.
It is a requirement of the marketing agent to make property owners aware of these new regulations and either arrange the EPC for them or provide them with details of how to obtain a EPC. This certificate shall be held on file by the selling agent and copies provided to the on request by persons or legal representatives interested in buying the property. The EPC will also be required by the Notary on the day of completion when the property is sold and will form part of the new Escritura (Title Deeds) for the new owners.
A positive in obtaining this certificate is it provides beneficial supporting information to potential buyers regarding the dimensions, aspect, legality and energy efficiency of the property. The negative is it does incur a fee for a qualified architect to visit the property, conduct a survey and issue the certificates.
Prices for an EPC start at 121 euros and can increase depending on the size of the property. Contact New Wave Villas for more information.
Getting an energy performance certificate is easy either with the assistance of New Wave Villas or arranging yourself. Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find the answer you're looking for contact us by email.
It is a report that describes how efficient a home is in terms of energy consumption and also gives recommendations on how to save money and make your home more efficient. It assigns an energy rating to each home on a scale which ranges from A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient).
Yes it has been approved and it came into force on June 1 2013.
It is obligatory for all sellers and persons renting their property for more than four months of the year who are advertising their property for sale or rent. If you do not hold an energy performance certificate then you may be fined.
The energy performance certificates are issued by qualified professional technicians or architects who are authorised to undertake building projects and thermal installations for buildings.
Yes. They have to visit the property to take measurements and collect information about the property before drawing up and certifying the report.
Prices start at 121 euros inclusive of IVA though can increase depending on the work that New Wave Villas are required to do in arranging this certificate and depending on the size of the property.
No you will not. An EPC is required when marketing your property for sale, it will be asked for by the new buyers solicitor, and will be needed on the day of sale by the Notary to form part of the completion paperwork.
The owner of the property to be sold or rented.
Usually from the date of survey the certificate can be issued by the architect in conjunction with registration of the property with the Junta de Andalucía, within seven working days.
Your assessor/architect/estate agent (if arranging for you) will give you the certificate once it was been fully registered and approved and a copy should be held on file by the sales agent.
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.
No, you are not obliged to make any improvements even if your property has a low rating.
You are free to sell your home. The only way it will affect a sale is how the rating influences the buyer.
You will need an EPC before advertising for sale or rent. Fines can be applied if your property does not hold an EPC when being advertised for sale or rent.