An energy bill under consideration by the Massachusetts legislature includes a controversial requirement for sellers to provide a standard energy audit of every house offered for sale, JLC's Ted Cushman reports. The idea is drawing support from some consumer and energy-efficiency advocates and opposition from real estate brokers.
"This provision provides consumers with important information, particularly for lower income buyers and sellers who often live in the least energy efficient homes with the highest utility costs. Working families need to know about the many rebates and credits available for insulation and heating systems to improve their homes and lower their utility costs. Buyers need to avoid being duped into buying a 'money pit,' " said a statement from the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance.
But Realtors in the state oppose the measure, saying it would amount to "mandatory energy labeling."