W E have been bombarded, at the International department', of late, with inquiries about the new EPC energy certificate. Some residents aren't too sure what it means, what to do, or how it may affect them. Once again, this is not actually a Calviá Town Hall initiative, but I will do my best to explain briefly our understanding of it. Basically, EPC means Energy Performance Certificate'. If you are about to sell or rent out a property, you must be in possession of an EPC energy certificate. This means that you have had a qualified professional check out the premises, and subsequently issue the official document. It is really, not just applicable to Spain, I am told it has been in the U.K. for 4 years already. This is all about carbon emissions, saving energy, and generally being more environmentally friendly. If you are a landlord with an existing tenant, there is no need for you to get the certificate now. But if and when, the time comes for you to change tenants, then you will need to obtain a certificate prior to the contract being signed. Likewise, if you are selling a property, you will need to have the certificate prior to the sale. The deadline, is actually the first of June 2013, so forgive me for being sceptical, but how can people across the whole of Spain possibly all get the cert issued on time, it is rather a tight deadline to say the least. That said, it's my job to inform you, and so my advice to you is to source a qualified professional to do it for you, and then you are fully complying with the law. The cost is apparently anything from 175 to several hundred euros, depending on the size of the property. It doesn't mean that you have to rush to get double glazing put in straight away, there is a grading system. A is for top notch'good marks, and G' being the less favourable. If you do, in time , take measures to improve energy saving, your grade can be changed. I know there will be more questions, such as what about holiday rentals ( not even going there ), and what happens if we don't get the EPC cert. The information that I have is that the applicable fines range from 3000 to 600.000, so my advice is to get the job done.
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