Certificate of Energy Efficiency of houses.
Regulations on the sale of Spanish Properties have changed since June 1st 2013. Every property that is put up for sale or long term rent is required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or Certificado de Eficiencia Energética (CEE).
WHAT IS THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY CERTIFICATE? The Energy Efficiency Certificate is a technical document that establishes the efficiency of a building as far as energy consumption is concerned. The certificate will qualify the houses in the same way household appliances are registered, by establishing a labeled A, B, C, D, E and F. It is a certificate which is valid for 10 years.
It is a legal requirement that every property that is marketed for sale or long term rent has the requisite certificate. (with some exceptions) It is the owners' responsibility the ensure they have this for their property. Whether it be a private individual or a bank. This means that from June the 1st 2013, any private house which is rented for a period of four months per year or, any property on the market for sale, must have this certificate. This will be applied to all the buildings and houses, irrespective of their antiquity and applies to new properties also. Once the certificate is obtained it is valid for a period of 10 years.
WHO SHOULD APPLY FOR THE CERTIFICATE? The owner or developer of the property is responsible. Once obtained, they are responsible to keep these documents and supply them when requested at the point of sale or the rental of their property - we at Grupo Platinum Estates can assist clients to obtain this certificate for an all-inclusive price of €121,00.
WHEN WILL THE CERTIFICATE BE REQUIRED? It is required in the execution of the contract for property sale or rental. A property sale/purchase cannot be signed at the Notary Public without a valid Energy Certificate.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN OBTAINING THE CERTIFICATE? An architect will visit the property, make an inspection and collect the data required. Once this information is obtained, it is processed using computer programs prepared for this purpose and you will be supplied with the Certificate of Energy Efficiency and Label. The architect will register the certificate with the relevant government agency. You will be provided with an electronic and paper copy.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ISSUING THE CERTIFICATE? A competent registered architect with an engineers qualification between upper or middle grade.
HOW DO WE OBTAIN THIS CERTIFICATE? Grupo Platinum have a qualified local registered architect who will obtain a certificate on your behalf. The price for this is €121,00 inclusive of IVA. The certificate once obtained, is valid for ten years.
I ALREADY HAVE AN ENERGY CERTIFICATE, WHAT DO I DO NOW? Once you have the certificate, It has to be submitted with relevant documentation to the relevant government department. Grupo Platinum can assist with this, if not already done.
WHAT IF I DO NOT APPLY FOR THE CERTIFICATE? It is essential to have a certificate and to make it available to any potential purchaser, or renter. If not, it will be considered an offense and can carry a penalty from €3,005.06. Also where a sales or rental contract has been issued, this contract may be declared invalid for failing to supply the information to the buyer or tenant. It is not possible to sign a purchase at the Notary Public without this certificate.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE CERTIFICATE? In compliance with the European market, our architect has agreed one fixed price for all certificates no matter of the size of the property. €121,00 inclusive of VAT.
Do you have a property for sale or rent and need to obtain your certificate?