All flats sold on the ‘secondary’ market (that is, not newly-built properties) will have to possess energy certificates. The government has prepared an amendment to the Polish Construction Law and the Real Estate Management Act which introduces the obligation to issue energy certificates for buildings that are for sale on the secondary market. The seller of a house or flat will be obliged to provide the purchaser with this document. Currently, only properties sold on the ‘primary’ market are required to have energy certificates.
When it come to flats on the secondary market, purchasers or tenants decide on their own whether they want to receive such certificates or not. “The amendment is in accordance with the EU directive which introduced energy certificates. The directive clearly stipulates that the certificates should be prepared in every case of selling or renting a flat or house regardless of whether the transaction is on the primary or secondary market,” says Marcin Piotrowski, chairman of the Confederation of the Building Industry and Real Estates (KBiN). Moreover, the amendment covers a wider number of people who have the right to issue energy certificates. At present, only people with a Master’s degree are entitled to prepare these documents, whilst those who have completed an Engineer’s degree cannot. The government wants energy certificates to be issued also by civil engineers who graduated from departments such as: architecture, construction, environmental engineering, power engineering or related fields.