Principal Residence Homeowners Overwhelmingly Support Voluntary (92%), Not Mandatory (8%), Audits

A poll released today by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) indicates that two-thirds (65%) of Ontario’s principal residence homeowners oppose the recently proposed McGuinty government mandatory home energy audit program and instead overwhelmingly favor voluntary audits (92%).

Moreover, the poll found that 70 per cent of Ontario homeowner’s think that mandatory home energy audits will deter homeowners from selling their home, having a detrimental effect on the real estate sector and the Ontario economy.

A massive majority (94%) of Ontario homeowners believe mandatory home energy audits will impose significant cost on home sellers and first time buyers (82%)

“During these difficult economic times, homeowners are right to oppose a system of mandatory requirements that could see them paying thousands of dollars to preserve equity in their homes,” said Pauline Aunger, President of OREA.

The poll was conducted by Ipsos-Reid for the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) to judge consumer reaction to the provincial government’s proposal for mandatory home energy audits prior to sale.

Read the full press release “Two Thirds (65%) of Ontario Homeowners Oppose McGuinty Government Proposed Mandatory Home Energy Audit Program” from the CNW Group (April 20, 2009).

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