ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE (EPC) If you are planning on selling your property you will need to make sure you have obtained an EPC before it is advertised. EPCs are essential when selling a property and estate agents must ensure that the EPC score of your property is included in the property details. Similar to renting, failing to own an EPC can result in an already agreed sale becoming void, with potential for the buyer to claim compensation. EPC HOUSING REGULATIONS IN SPAIN The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is mandatory for Spanish properties that are for sale or rent from the 1 June 2013. The purpose of the EPC, also known in Spain as the Certificado de Eficiencia Energetica (CEE), is to ensure that homes are able to run more efficiently and in turn reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This stems from the Kyoto Agreement, which is a worldwide treaty in which the participating countries will do their best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each property will be tested and scored on a scale ranging from A to G, with ‘A’ being extremely efficient and ‘G’ being particularly inefficient. The outcome of the test will not require the owner to change anything (although it is encouraged) within the property. However, if changes should be made they will often allow the owner to save money in the long term. The EPC will affect renters as well as buyers, including short-term holiday lets as well. This is difficult to regulate, but if there is a let exceeding four months, proof of the EPC will be necessary. If you’re already leasing a property then you do not need an EPC certificate, although you will do if you lease to a new tenant. If you fail to provide the tenant with the information from the EPC, then your contract can become void, the government can fine you and the tenant could claim compensation from you. If you’re renting the property you or your estate agent will have to make sure that you have an EPC. If you are planning on selling your property you will need to make sure you have obtained an EPC before it is advertised. Contact us now and get your quotation!