A good number of owners will have to pay…

Housing, an endless financial well for owners. Cost of credit, co-ownership charges, property tax… Not to mention, obviously, the maintenance of your home. The bill adds up quickly and, each year, it increases, inexorably, at the rate of inflation in everyday prices. An increasingly significant budgetary pressure that is not about to stop.

A new, mandatory bill will force owners to once again put their hands in their wallets. Or at least, the co-owners. In fact, only owners of property in buildings or on land comprising several houses are affected by this next checkout. Owners of a single-family home are, for their part, completely exempt.

If charges are paid throughout the year, in particular to finance work in the building, the State now requires many co-owners to carry out an inventory of their building. And obviously, the bill is the responsibility of the co-owners. Two different assessments of the structure must be carried out: an Energy Performance Diagnosis (EPD) to know the level of insulation and energy consumption of the building, and a Multi-year Work Plan (PPT) to know the work to be undertaken to improve the level of insulation and energy consumption of the building. The first is mandatory in all co-ownerships for which the building permit was filed before January 1, 2013. The second also becomes mandatory gradually, on the following dates:

These evaluations require the intervention and, therefore, the remuneration of professionals in the field. And that can add up quickly. For a DPE, you need to count between 1,000 and 5,000 euros, depending on the size of the building, while a PPT costs between 5,000 and 15,000 euros, again with variations depending on the scale of the work to be done. Generally, this works out to around 150 euros per owner.

This invoice must only be paid if the co-owners have decided, during a general meeting, to have these diagnostics carried out. They are also the ones who choose the method of payment: either by an increase in charges over one or more quarters depending on the note, or by drawing from the works fund available… which will have to be replenished. In any case, you will have to write a new check. And this, even though there is no legal obligation to immediately carry out the recommended work.