ITE stands for Inspección Técnica de Edificios (Technical Inspection of Buildings), and as its name suggests, is a technical inspection required for those properties over a certain age.
At WeRelocate BCN we explain what the Technical Inspection of Buildings is and why it is so important.
Just as a vehicle is periodically inspected to check that everything is in working order, the ITE is a procedure by which an approved technician performs a visual inspection to assess whether a building (usually more than 50 years old) is adequately safe, accessible and habitable, both for the inhabitants of the building and for visitors coming in.
The person or people responsible for managing this inspection is the owner of the building or the community of owners, who choose an approved company to send out a specialized technician (architect or quantity surveyor) to check all the communal parts of the building. In principle, and unless the technician considers it necessary for the inspection, s/he won’t need to access the private dwellings.
If the inspection is favorable and the building is in good condition, the ITE will be approved. In the case of coming up short, and depending on the type of deficiencies building has, different building work and reforms will need to be undergone in order to be able to pass the inspection. Once the first ITE has been obtained, a new inspection has to be carried out every 10 years.
The cost of the ITE is not regulated by the State nor the City Council, and will therefore depend on the contracted company.
The importance of the Technical Inspection of Buildings lies primarily in the assurance that we are living in a building that complies with necessary conditions of security and habitability that won’t present us with any type of problem. Secondly, if we want to sell a property and we don’t have the ITE, there is the possibility of the mortgage being denied and the sale not being able to go ahead. In addition to the above points, if the stipulated deadlines for the inspection are not met, we may be fined up to 6,000€, depending on each municipality.