Home energy certificates will be have to be produced for all sales and rentals that take place after 1 June.
The Spanish Government has introduced a new law by Royal Decree requiring all vendors and landlords to get an energy certificate before the first of June.
An energy certificate will have to be produced by all vendors, and landlords wishing to rent out their properties on contracts of 4 months or longer.
According to some estimates, as much as 60pc of Spain’s housing stock has no energy efficiency measures to speak of. Housing is responsible for 17pc of the country’s energy consumption, so greater energy efficiency at home could save Spain a big chunk in energy bills (and bring it into line with European standards).
Along with classifying the energy efficiency of every building, the new certificate also contains recommendations for improvements in energy efficiency.
The problem is, many think the new law will simply be ignored by millions of Spaniards living in energy inefficient homes.
According to the blog The Spanish Brick, the certificate could cost €90 for a flat, and €250 for a house.