Real Estate: The 8 Certificates You Must Have – And You May Not Know -

Real Estate: The 8 Certificates You Must Have – And You May Not Know

Certificates, inspections, controls and certifications of buildings must “accompany” the property and be issued, even at the owner’s own expense (that is, without any participation of the state which… obliges!).

This is a series of various pieces of legislation that have recently been enacted in our country and many times they do not always come to the attention of the owners.

However, they learn this at the last moment, that is, when they want to make a transfer, open an account with DEKO (electricity, water, etc.), proceed with changes, legalizations, with civil engineers, etc.

POMIDA collected all these mandatory certificates concerning the following cases:

1. BUILDING ENERGY CERTIFICATES (PEA): Mandatory issuance and attachment of energy certificates every 10 years to every sale or lease of a building, or simple advertising listing, with energy inspectors’ fee freely negotiable.

2. ENERGY CERTIFICATES OF HEATING INSTALLATIONS: Mandatory inspections of boilers, burners, air conditioners every 2-4 years, with an active fee. inspector freely negotiable.

3. CERTIFICATES OF ENGINEERS for urban planning legality in all real estate transfer contracts, even unbuilt ones, (L.4759/2020), regardless of the existence of arbitrariness, with an unspecified and freely negotiable amount of engineer’s fee.

4. DEPENDENT TOPOGRAPHIC PLANS for the transfers and parental benefits of all off-plan real estate (Law 4030/2011 on building permits) and the declarations in the National Land Registry.

5. CERTIFICATES OF INSPECTIONS OF NEW BUILDINGS & ADDITIONS (Article 7 of Law 4030/2011, A’ 249) by the “building inspectors” with a minimum fee of 450 euros and a maximum of 3,550 euros.

6. CERTIFICATES OF INITIAL & PERIODIC SAFETY INSPECTIONS of old elevators (recommendation 95/216 EE) and safety inspections of new elevators (Directive 95/16 EE, with an unspecified fee for an electrical engineer.

7. “new type” ELECTRICIAN CERTIFICATES for periodical inspections of electrical installations, mandatory for every new electrical installation of a property, with an electrician’s fee amount multiple times the old one (Law 4483/1965 no. 2, Y.A. F.7.5/1816/88/ 27.2.2004, KYA F A΄50/12081/642/26.7.2006, Y.A. F.50/503/168/19.4.2011, as applicable).

8. BUILDING IDENTITY: Inspections in all existing buildings and in each of their transfers, for the issuance of the “certificate of completeness” of the “building identity”, with inspectors’ fees (engineers, mechanics, etc.) of an unspecified amount (law 3843/2010 and subsequent ones, Law 4759/2020).

In addition to the above, according to UIPI research, the European Union has already initiated the introduction of the following controls on buildings, certainly inspired by the proposals of the interested organizations of the industries and professionals, but always… for the good of the owners:

  • Recommendation (2001/331): Environmental inspection of commercial properties.
  •  Directive (98/83): Inspection of drinking water quality (lead limits).
  •  Directive (83/477): Inspection of the protection of residents from asbestos.
  • Directive (2007/60): Inspection of flood protection of buildings.
  •  Proposal: Water Saving Inspection in buildings (currently rejected by UIPI intervention as lacking social benefit).
  • Proposal: Inspection of buildings for greenhouse gas emission control.
  •  Proposal: Inspection of accessibility of buildings by A.M.E.A.
  • Proposal: New specifications for elevators.
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