Energy Performance Certificates in Spain - December 17

Leaving behind 2017, we can see that some 4 years and 7 months since the legal requirement was brought in for Energy Performance Certificates to be carried out, it is apparent from the Canarian Government's official register that a grand total of approximately 173,850 certificates have now been registered. Thus 2,350 more residential and commercial properties have been inspected and issued their certificate in the month of December. The figures show that during 2017 approximately 3,500 more certificates have been carried out than in 2016, an increase of around 10 percent. So it'll be interesting to see how 2018 shapes up!

For readers unaware of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's), they were introduced in Spain and its dependencies by Royal Decree on 5th April 2013. This Law requires that, from 1st June 2013, an EPC must be obtained by the owner whenever a domestic or commercial property is Built, Sold or Rented.

Selling your property

From 1st June 2013 property owners are required by law to present an Energy Performance Certificate when a property is placed on the market and prior to any advertising. When the property is sold, the Notary will need to see the EPC, termed the Certificado de Eficiencia Energ├ętica in Spain.

Renting your property

Either you or your agent, must obtain an EPC. An agent will not be legally allowed to offer or advertise your property for long term letting without one. Where a property has already been let prior to 1st June 2013, no EPC is required until one tenant leaves and the property is offered for long term rental again. If your property was built after 2007 you should already have an EPC provided by the seller. If you only rent your property out on a short term basis, for less than 4 months of each year, you may not need to have an EPC. If you are the tenant your landlord or the letting agent should be able to show you the EPC for your property.

The EPC contains:

Information about a property's energy use and typical energy costs, and ecommendations as to how you may be able to reduce energy use and save money. An EPC allocates an Energy Efficiency Rating, ranging from 'A' (most efficient) to 'G' (least efficient). The Certificate, registered with the Canarian Government is valid for 10 years.

How to arrange an EPC:

If you are selling or renting out property, you will need to engage an Accredited Assessor, who will visit your property to inspect and then produce and register your properties Energy Performance Certificate.

If you have any questions, or wish to arrange for me, Philip Wright, to carry out your energy Performance Certificate please call me on 667 757 323.