WHAT IS MANDATORY ENERGY CERTIFICATION?

WHAT IS ENERGY CERTIFICATION FOR THE SALE OF A PROPERTY?

Are you about to sell or buy a house or other type of building? Perhaps through the online bankruptcy form? Remember that for every real estate purchase and sale operation, it is necessary to obtain the documentation related to the energy certification, indicated by the EPA, which stands for Energy Performance Certificate.

This document is also essential with regard to rents and must always be attached to the lease (or almost always as you will see later). As you can easily guess, the APE defines in detail the energy performance of the real estate unit, whatever its type, addressing issues such as thermal insulation, the presence of specific new or old generation systems and the interventions to be carried out to improve the building’s characteristics. This allows you to evaluate at 360° the property offered for sale or rent, making assumptions about what could be the consumption in the future and whether it is indeed appropriate to proceed with the purchase. There are several aspects to take into account when talking about EPA, including:

ENERGY CERTIFICATION REGULATIONS ARE IN PLACE

You should be aware that current law makes it mandatory to have an energy performance certificate for various types of buildings. The certificate must be prepared by highly qualified personnel in accordance with national guidelines.

The professionals interviewed must be totally independent of the building owner’s company and act in accordance with the rules, avoiding any fraudulent behavior that could favor one or more of the parties involved. These are figures such as architects, engineers or surveyors who, once the survey is carried out, must be able to assign the property examined an appropriate and correct energy class.

They are currently 10, according to the latest regulation of 01-10-2015, and are described by the letters of the alphabet that go from A to G, where class A is divided into 4 other subclasses and is the highest in terms of performance.

With the exception of special retrofitting works carried out on the building, improving its structural and technical conditions, an energy certification is valid for the next 10 years from the date of issuance. The AAPE can be carried out simultaneously and cumulatively on several neighboring dwellings, provided that these dwellings belong to the same building unit and are served by the same systems, both for heating and cooling.

The notary is responsible for attaching the AAPE to the rental contract and inserting an information receipt, obviously linked to the energy class assigned, which the tenant or future owner must take care to read and sign.

BUILDING EXEMPT FROM ENERGY CERTIFICATION

So far, we have pointed out that the energy performance certificate is mandatory, but there are exceptions! In fact, you should know that for lease or sale contracts of specific properties, this type of documentation is not required.

Examples of buildings for sale that fall under this particular condition include ruins, isolated buildings, for example in the countryside, with an area of less than 50 square meters, cellars, garages, parking lots, multi-storey parking lots, buildings intended for some kind of worship, industrial, agricultural, craft and rural buildings without facilities and buildings that are still under construction at the time of the sale.

With respect to rents, however, the AAPE is not required in the case of takeover contracts, extensions and temporary leases, i.e., less than or equal to a total of 30 days per year. Therefore, think carefully about your specific case and always call on professionals who know how to support you during the different stages, so that you do not incur embarrassing sanctions when you least expect it.

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