POMIDA: No to the extermination rules and deadlines for upgrading buildings

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The new Community Directive on the Energy Efficiency of Buildings, which is expected to be officially published on December 14, leads to forced sales of real estate “with the gun in the temple”, complete devaluation of the owners’ property and exacerbation of the housing problem. Brussels of the International Association of Property Owners (UIPI), underlines in a statement by POMIDA.

POMIDA today addressed a letter to the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Minister of Environment and Energy Mr. Costas Skrekas, noting that the Directive establishes unrealistic and unrealistic minimum energy efficiency requirements for existing buildings, which, if not buildings can neither be rented nor sold unless the buyer upgrades the building within three years of the sale.

In practice, if the Directive enters into force, the existing leased building capacity is put off the market.

“In the country of ENFIA, which deprives the owners of any financial possibility to intervene in the existing buildings, it is criminal to adopt such exterminating and practically unnecessary rules and deadlines for the devaluation of private real estate and the uselessness of buildings,” POMI emphasizes.

The text of the letter follows.

To the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis
and the Minister of Environment and Energy Mr. Costas Skrekas
Here
Athens, 2.12.2021

SUBJECT: No to the extermination rules and deadlines for upgrading buildings!

Honorable Prime Minister, Minister

The Brussels Office of the International Association of Property Owners (UIPI) of which I am President, informed us that on December 14 the draft of the new Community Directive on Energy Efficiency of Buildings (EPBD) will be officially announced, which will provide unrealistic and absolutely unrealistic mandatory minimum energy efficiency requirements for existing buildings. Obligations for their radical and costly energy upgrade, without any substantial help from the State, which if not complied with in time, all kinds of buildings can neither be rented nor sold, except with “the pistol in the temple” !! !

This plan, which is financially impossible to implement in the country of ENFIA, threatens to leave the tenants homeless as it will gradually put out of the leased market the existing leased building potential, for which “EKONONOMO” provides reduced state aid so far, so that no landlord can objectively upgrade a rental property! The door-to-door integration of buildings into the European “pollution trading system” will give a boost to the housing costs of landlords and tenants.

The relevant chapter of the draft directive provides:

1. MINIMUM STANDARDS OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF EXISTING BUILDINGS. Pursuant to Article 7a of the draft of the new Community Building Energy Efficiency Directive (EPBD), each Member State will establish minimum energy efficiency standards for the renovation of existing buildings. The national minimum energy efficiency standards are designed in line with the national targets contained in the Member State action plan for the renovation of buildings and the conversion of the national building stock into zero-emission buildings by 2050.

The standards will apply from 2027 at the latest. By 2035, the entire national building stock will be covered by minimum energy efficiency standards.

2. DETACHED HOUSES – INDIVIDUAL REAL ESTATE. Member States shall ensure that buildings and premises sold or rented to a new tenant, with the exception of apartment buildings,
(a) have achieved at least the energy efficiency class [E], for a transaction made after 1 January 2027;

b) have achieved at least the energy efficiency class [D], for a transaction made after 1 January 2030;

(c) have achieved at least an energy efficiency class [C], for a transaction made after January 1, 2033.

By way of derogation from the above, a building or building unit which does not comply with the limit laid down in subparagraph 1 may be sold provided that the purchaser upgrades the building to the limit in force at the time of sale within three years from the date for sale.

3. APARTMENT BUILDINGS. Member States shall ensure that buildings and structures
units in apartment buildings:
(a) have achieved at least the energy efficiency class [E] after 1 January 2030;

b) have achieved at least the energy efficiency class [D] after 1 January 2035;

(c) have achieved at least an energy efficiency class [C] after January 1, 2040, without the three-year grace period provided for individual properties upon sale.

Because it is absolutely clear that these obligations can not be met by the owners of existing buildings resulting in a complete devaluation of the property of the owners which will consequently ruin their lives, but also exacerbate the housing problem of the tenants, you we ask, before it is too late:

First of all, realize that in the country of ENFIA, which deprives the owners of any financial possibility to intervene in the existing buildings, it is criminal to adopt such exterminating and practically unnecessary rules and deadlines for devaluation of private real estate and use of their real estate. and Secondly to intervene and ask the European Commission, as required by the founding principle of the EU, in accordance with the principle of “Subsidiarity”, not only the specifications, but also the conditions and, above all, the deadlines for the implementation of Minimum Energy Standards. Performance, to be determined by the Member States of the European Union according to the energy and climatic conditions of each country and the real economic potential of its people.

For the Board of Directors

The President The Vice President
The Secretary General

Stratos Paradias Charalambos Tsoutrelis Tasos
Βάππας
Lawyer Α.Π. President of UIPI Professor of NTUA Lawyer Α.Π.
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Source From: Capital

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