Who has to pay for the energy certificate?
Ultimately the owner of the property will have to pay for the certificate.
What if I get a low rating on my EPC?
Along with your certificate, you will get a report giving advice about how to improve your properties energy rating. The report will recommend cost-effective measures which could be undertaken to improve the energy rating of the property. It will also contain information about the rating that could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented.
Why have Energy Performance Certificates been introduced?
The EPC has its roots in the Kyoto Protocol which was a worldwide initiative started in 1997 to address the issue of Greenhouse gases. Since then the European Union have formulated the European Directive for the Energy Performance of Buildings, which applies to all member states with a clearly defined timetable of the measures we must introduce. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a certificate which demonstrates the energy rating of a building. It forms part of the ‘Energy Performance of Buildings Directive’ (EPBD)
How is the rating on my EPC in Spain worked out?
An energy assessor will visit your property and take measurements and recordings from things such as your air conditioning, your hot water system, type of windows fitted, type of insulation, type of construction etc. The readings taken will then be entered online into one of the Governments approved programmes which will generate the rating for your property giving itâ€™s energy efficiency and environmental impact. The programmes used are the same for all properties so a potential buyer or tenant will be able to see the projected energy costs for each property viewed.
Can I get an EPC in Spain before 1st June 2013?
Yes although the law is not due to come in until 1st June you can book for your certificate before this date.
Do I need an EPC if I only rent my property out for holiday lets?
Yes you do still need one even if you only rent your property out for holiday lets.
What if I rent my property out through an agent?
Either you or your agent will need to get a certificate for your property. An agent will not be legally allowed to offer your property for rent or sale without a certificate.
Can I advertise my property without an Energy certificate?
No as from 1st June 2013 you will need a certificate to be able to advertise your property for sale or rent.
How Long Does The Energy Performance Certificate Last For in Spain?
The certificate lasts for 10 years.
What if I make changes to my property in Spain?
You can have your property reassessed at any time during the period of your certificate.
Can I get in Trouble If I do Not Get an EPC?
The government have said they will fine all existing homeowners that have a property for sale or rent that do not have an “EPC” within the allotted period.
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