On Tuesday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker filed a mandatory home energy audit and scoring bill, which ties an audit and scoring of homes to a real estate transfer. The bill contains provisions similar to previous versions of home energy scoring legislation including a “rating” that must be included in all listings and certain disclosures that must be made prior to signing a Purchase and Sales agreement. MAR is putting a plan together to oppose the bill.
Mike McDonagh, general counsel and director of government affairs for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, said the measure “will unnecessarily interfere with transactions,” and expressed concern about how long owners would have to wait for appointments.
The State Association will provide testimony at the public hearing which is likely to be scheduled within the next 30 days and will be calling on members and consumers to get engaged on the topic to tell legislators this is a bad idea.