Energy Performance Certificate – Understanding
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – Certificado de Eficiencia Energetica (CEE)
For an Energy Performance Certificate, from 1st June 2013 a new law came into effect. That law requires the owner of any Tenerife property over 50m2 which is being rented out or sold to possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or Certificado de Eficiencia Energetica (CEE). This is in line with EU Legislation.
Whilst there will probably be an amnesty period, failure to comply can result in a fine to both the vendor and the agency. It is therefore, in everyone´s interests to ensure that the appropriate document is in place.
According to the law “energy efficiency certificates” should be issued by Qualified Certified Architects, Technical Architects, or Engineers with the authority to have the Certificate validated and stamped by the Authorities in Santa Cruz.
We have negotiated a special rate for the Inspection and Certification necessary to comply with the law. Our rates are as follows, based on the floor area of the property excluding balconies and terraces. These rates include for us as Tenerife Estate Agents to oversee the process and make sure it is concluded in a satisfactory manner.
Energy Performance Certification
PROPERTY SIZE COST EUROS
Less than 100m2 €140
Less than 200m2 €200
Less than 300m2 €260
Less than 400m2 €360
Please Consult for larger units
Please contact us to arrange your property inspection in Tenerife; we can normally do this within a few days.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) – (or in Spanish Certificado de Eficiencia Energética (CEE), are documents which will show how energy efficient your home is. Your property will be given a rating from A to G similar to the displays you see on household appliances. The energy performance certificate in Spain gives the property a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’, where ‘A’ is the most efficient and ‘G’ is the least efficient.
Why have Energy Performance Certificates been introduced?
The EPC was initiated as a result of 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 which must be introduced. It forms part of the ‘Energy Performance of Buildings Directive’ (EPBD)
Who Needs an Energy Performance Certificate in Spain?
After 1st June 2013 every domestic property for sale or long term rent needs to have an Energy Performance Certificate in Spain, This does not apply to properties that are currently rented out on a long term basis. These only require an Energy Performance Certificate when a new tenancy is agreed
Will I be able to rent or sell my house without an EPC in Spain?
No after 1st June 2013 you will be required by law to present your Energy Performance Certificate in Spain when your property is for sale or rent. When you sell your house the Notary will need the original EPC and when you rent your house in Spain the tenant will have to be given a copy of your Energy Performance Certificate.
Who has to pay for the energy certificate?
Ultimately the owner of the property will have to pay for the Energy Certificate here in Tenerife.
What if I get a low rating on my EPC?
Along with your Energy Performance Certificate in Tenerife, 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.
How is the rating on my EPC in Spain worked out?
A Registered 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 on line into one of the Governments approved programmes which will generate the rating for your property giving its energy efficiency and environmental impact. The programmes used are the same for all properties so a potential buyer or tenant will be able see the projected energy costs for each property viewed. Your Energy Performance Certificate in Spain will be registered to the Cadastral reference for your property.
Do I need an EPC if I only rent my property out for holiday lets?
Yes in general, you do still need an EPC in Tenerife 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 an Energy Performance Certificate for your property for long term rentals or sales. 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 an Energy Performance Certificate in Spain to be able to advertise your property for sale or rent.
How Long Does The Energy Performance Certificate Last For in Spain?
The Energy Performance Certificate in Spain lasts for 10 years.
What if I make changes to my property in Spain?
You can have your property re assessed at any time during the period your EPC in Tenerife is valid.
What if I have an existing tenant?
If you have an existing long term tenant you do not need an EPC in Tenerife. However, when you issue a new tenancy agreement you need the EPC for the incoming tenant.
Can I get in Trouble If I do not get an EPC?
The government has said they will fine people that have a property for sale or rent that does not have an “EPC”. Fines of between 3000 and 600,000 Euros can be given to anybody who needs an EPC (CEE) who does not have one. This includes agents as well as private individuals.
Contact us today to arrange your Energy Performance Certificate in Tenerife.