Monday, August 1, 2011
Another Green Slug for Homeowners
The new taxes keep coming with a compulsory "green rating" scheme planned for dwellings before they are sold or leased. Energy audits would cost up to $820.00 under the scheme. This nanny state mentality assumes that a buyer will not check his property before purchase and needs the government to do it for him. Of course a new army of green auditors will be required for the scheme ,part of the ever-increasing parasitic green bureaucracy blighting this country of ours.
EMBATTLED homeowners could be slugged more than $800 to give their houses a compulsory "green rating" before they are sold or leased, under a new federal government scheme.
Mandatory "green ratings" for apartments and houses similar to those on new washing machines and fridges are to be introduced in the initiative to encourage more energy efficient homes.
The ratings are part of the requirement for each state to introduce legislation requiring homeowners to disclose their home's energy, greenhouse and water efficiency when they advertise it for sale or lease.
A national report has posed four different options for energy audits which in NSW would range in price from about $200 to $820.
Public consultations on compulsory testing will be held for the first time around the country starting in Sydney on Tuesday.
The most expensive option detailed in the report estimates a charge to an individual home owner of $774 for an assessor with an added $50 cost for the inconvenience of having to arrange to be present during the assessment.