One of the key requirements is the need for a Certificado Energético (CEE), which is a certificate that rates the energy efficiency of a property. The Certificado Energético was first introduced by the passing of the Real Decreto 235/2013, which was enacted in compliance with European Union Directive 2010/31/UE. This directive aims to promote energy efficiency in buildings across the EU, and the CEE is a key tool in achieving this goal.
The CEE rates a property’s energy efficiency on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), and it also includes recommendations for improving the property’s energy efficiency. The certificate is valid for 10 years and must be presented to potential buyers when selling a property.
Having a CEE is important for a number of reasons. First, it gives potential buyers important information about the energy efficiency of the property they’re considering purchasing. This information can be used to make more informed decisions about the long-term costs and environmental impact of owning the property. Although in reality the rating is often affected by simple things such as LED lightbulbs, There will also be certain types of buildings such as Cortijos etc, where the rating will always be low due to the age and construction, but many buyers will accept this as it is.
Second, having a CEE is a legal requirement when selling a property in Spain. Failure to provide a valid CEE can result in fines and legal complications. Be very wary of any agent or seller who cannot provide this upon request, This will mean that they are potentially marketing the property illegally and will almost certainly not have conducted any other legal checks beforehand. This is a simple warning sign of an unprofessional agent.
In conclusion, if you’re planning on selling a property in Spain, it’s important to understand the legal requirements involved, including the need for a Certificado Energético. By obtaining a valid CEE, you’ll be providing potential buyers with important information about the energy efficiency of the property, meeting legal requirements, and taking a proactive step towards promoting sustainability and combatting climate change.
There are other legally required documents when marketing your property and we will look at these in more detail very soon.
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