Energy performance certificate required for rental or sale of existing homes
The seller or landlord of a home must have a energy performance certificate (EPC). Only an accredited energy assessor is authorised to produce such a certificate. The EPC mentions the energy rating of a home and informs the buyer or tenant on how to make the home more energy efficient. The EPC does not impose any requirements on the building. It may be used to inform potential buyers or tenants about the energy efficiency of the home. The energy rating of a home must be mentioned in real estate and property renting advertisements. An EPC remains valid for 10 years.
The issue of an EPC is mandatory when selling or letting a separate housing unit which can function autonomously, for example:
- a house
- an apartment
- a studio
- a social home
- a service flat (except when a daily price is asked instead of taking out a lease).
Please find an overview of all homes for which an EPC is required on the energiesparen.be website.
The seller or landlord must be able to produce an EPC when he puts up a house for sale or for rent (e.g. on a website, in a regional newspaper, a notary's newspaper, via a broker, etc.).
Only accredited energy assessors of the Flemish authorities contained in the list of type A energy assessors are allowed to issue an EPC. The production of an EPC approximately takes half a day.
The seller or landlord must present the EPC to (potential) buyers or tenants.
- When selling the property he gives the original EPC to the buyer. A number of details of the EPC are included in the notarial deed.
- When renting the home, the tenant gets a copy of the EPC. The seller of landlord keeps the original EPC himself.
An EPC remains valid for 10 years. No new EPC is required if the existing one is still valid when the home is resold or rented out to another tenant. If the home has become more energy efficient in the meantime, a new EPC may be produced.
The cost price of an EPC is not fixed. The price depends on the complexity of the building and the travel expenses of the energy assessor. You should compare the price and quality of different energy assessors. The seller or tenant may not include the cost price of the EPC in the tax form.
Vlaams Energieagentschap (Flemish Energy Agency)
Graaf de Ferrarisgebouw
Koning Albert-II-laan 20 bus 17
Fax: 02 553 46 01