Renew your energy certificate now, otherwise you risk fines! Since 2007 it has been a legal obligation for homeowners and an important requirement for new leases or sales - the energy certificate. Since 2014, values from the document have to be stated in the property advertisement; during the subsequent inspection, owners must always present a valid energy certificate and be able to hand over a copy of this at the latest when a rental or purchase agreement is concluded.
A new legislative proposal (Building Energy Act) is expected to significantly increase the conditions for issuing the document in the future. Because the draft stipulates that an on-site inspection of the property or alternatively an assessment based on detailed building photos becomes mandatory.
As things stand, this legislative proposal is most likely to be revisited after the general election. In the future, this would lead to considerably more expense for owners and energy pass exhibitors and, as a result, higher costs for the owners. Therefore, it is worthwhile, in particular for consumption-oriented energy passes, to have the badge re-issued before the law comes into effect, even if the term of the badge has not yet been completely completed. The newly issued energy certificates are valid for ten years from the date of issue.
For most homeowners, the renewal of their energy pass is due anyway, since its validity expires after ten years and a large part of the passes after the entry into force of EnEV 2007 in the years 2007 and 2008 was created. A valid energy certificate is mandatory by the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV 2014) for new leases or sales. A breach can be punished with a fine of up to 15.000 Euro.