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Portland Energy Audits
There's a new legal requirement for residential homes listed for sale in the City of Portland: homes must have an enery audit.
This program went into effect on January 1, 2018. Homes requiring the enery audit can be found under www.portlandmaps.com under the "jurisdiction" field. First, enter the home's address, and the information for that home will appear on the right side. Look under the "jurisdiction" field, and if it says "Portland" then an audit is required. Not every home with a Portland address is required to have an energy audit because the home may be in an unincorporated area or not within the City of Portland's service district.
A trained and certified home energy assessor will need to assess the home's energy efficiency. The cost, as of July 2016, is between $150-$250. A report is prepared for the home owner and some of the data will be included in the RMLS listing. The report required to be linked to the RMLS listing or to the City of Portland's Green Building Registry. These reports are good for two years.
A sample report can be seen at: Sample Report
The new regulation says the audit should be completed prior to the home being "listed pubily for sale."
There are exemptions for the Program. If a seller declines to participate in the Program, there may be penalties issued from the City up to $500 initially, and other penalties for additional time.
This information comes from The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors.