Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate Requirement

5th June, 2020


I am a relatively new Landlord; I purchased a property with tenants in Situ 2 years ago, the tenants remain in the property.

One of the tenants recently advised me that he was making a complaint as the Building Energy Rating Certificate expired last year and that I could be sanctioned with a fine. Is this the case?



From January 2009, a Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate is compulsory for all buildings being constructed or offered for sale or rent.

The certificate rates your building on a scale of A-G. A-rated homes are the most energy efficient and will tend to have the lowest energy bills. G-rated are the least energy efficient.

A BER certificate is valid for a period of up to 10 years while there are no changes made to the dwelling that will negatively affect its energy performance.

You will have to check the date of your BER Certificate, as 10 years have passed since the introduction of the compulsory certificate in 2009, you may need a new certificate. We understand that there may be fines of up to €5000 for not complying with this requirement.

You will need to organise a BER assessment of the building. Your BER Assessor will give you an Advisory Report with your BER Certificate recommending the best energy saving improvements for your building. Assessments are carried out by registered BER Assessors who have:

  • Appropriate building related qualifications
  • Passed our BER Assessor exam
  • Registered with SEAI


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