Since 1st June 2013: a Mallorca property cannot be sold or rented without an energy certificate
Since 1st June 2013, a European Consumer Protection Act (EC Directive 2002/91 / EC) is also applicable in Spain under Royal Decree RD 235/2013, according to which every property sold or rented must have an energy certificate. Contrary to popular belief that the energy certificate for a Mallorca property needs to be available only on notarisation of a purchase contract or conclusion of a lease, this is not the case. It should be available when the property is advertised for sale or for rent. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a severe fine. Both private individuals and real estate agents on Mallorca are obliged to indicate the determined energy rating in advertisements.
The energy certificate is issued by authorised engineers or architects after prior inspection of the property (insulation, heating, lighting, ventilation, etc.) and recorded in a register and is valid for 10 years from the date of issue.
The energy certificate is a kind of seal of quality: it should encourage builders and sellers to build energy-conscious properties and also to encourage owners to consider energy efficiency. If energy saving measures are taken during the period of ownership and whilst the certificate is still valid, then the owner should obtain a new certificate with the then improved energy rating. The energy certificate also contains recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of the property, but a bad energy rating does not impose any building code requirements and, more important, does not oblige the owner to undertake any energy-efficient conversation measures.
Minkner & Partner, your real estate agent on Mallorca, has a network of experienced engineers and architects who are authorised to issue energy certificates.