REALLY? “Federal Energy Audit Certificates” required prior to selling a home?

April 3rd, 2010

Since the signing of HR 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (aka “the cap and trade” energy bill signed on 6/26/09) rumors have been flying.

The most rampant seem to be:
1) Homeowners will be required to obtain “federal energy audit certificates” before selling their home; and
2) Homeowners will be required to update their homes, per the federal government’s compliance levels, before selling or transferring real property.

This is false… at the federal level. I say this with caution, because the House-approved Bill leaves the decision to states as to whether or not they wish to require energy audits, disclosures, etc. For additional information on this topic, visit the following sites:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-2454
http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/captrade.asp
http://www.realtor.org/government_affairs/gapublic/american_clean_energy_security_act?lid=ronav0019

Entry Filed under: Selling a Home


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