The Paris energy efficiency deadline is something readers of the 56Paris blog will be familiar with.


However – new reports are suggesting an extension could be in the cards.


This would give homeowners longer to improve their property’s energy efficiency. But when will this happen, if at all?



What is the Paris energy efficiency deadline?


In France, the energy rating of a property is always included as part of the diagnostic survey – which comes into play when buying, selling or renting.


It’s known here as the Dossier de Diagnostic Technique (Technical Diagnosis File) or DDT.


The survey covers every aspect of the property, including its energy performance, or DPE. The ratings are from A to G, with G being the least efficient.


The current issue stems from the Climate and Resilience Law, announced back in 2021.


This stipulates that by January 25, 2025, renting out apartments with the lowest energy efficiency rating would be illegal.


Now, with less than a year to go, questions are being raised – is it even possible to meet this deadline? And if not, what will happen to these properties?


For a more in-depth look at diagnostics, you can read our previous blog post about the topic.



No more thermal sieves in Paris


It’s one of the latest measures to make Paris a cleaner, greener city – and carbon neutral within the next 25 years.


But since it was announced, the Climate Law 2021 has sparked a flurry of activity.


Paris landlords and apartment owners began renovations, to ensure their properties met the minimum standards.


Properties rated G are also known as ‘thermal sieves’ – as they lose heat and are thermally inefficient.


With a city of mostly period properties, it’s a challenge, but there are several options to improve the rating. This can include interior wall insulation, triple glazing and more efficient radiators, among other solutions.


But the time is running out fast!



The call to extend the deadline


The Paris City Hall’s Housing Adjunct, Jacques Baudrier, recently submitted an official request to the French Prime Minister, calling for an extension to the deadline.


His request states, “the timetable is too short,” deeming the deadline “unattainable” for landlords to carry out the necessary renovation work.


He also asks for a postponement for co-owners already engaged in a renovation process.


“If we do not propose a timetable that supports the co-owners, I am afraid that they will give up carrying out the renovation work.”


Some reports suggest that, without a deadline extension, some 60,000 apartments in Paris will be off the market.


The Economy Minister of France, Bruno Le Maire, initially echoed this sentiment, expressing concerns about the feasibility of achieving the goal by the original deadline.


However, he later retracted his statement, emphasizing the government’s commitment to the existing timeline of January 2025.



So, what happens now?


At the time of writing, the official deadline remains.


The government has not yet formally responded to the request for an extension – which leaves property owners and tenants in a state of uncertainty.


The Housing Adjunct’s proposed solution is to extend the deadline for G-rated apartments until January 1, 2028.


We will continue to report on this story – as it develops over the coming months.



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