Various terms such as carpet area, built-up area and super built-up area are used to define area of apartment. Planning to buy a residential flat it is vital to understand the difference between Built up area vs carpet area vs super area. we are trying to explain what does carpet area means and the difference between these terms.
What is Carpet Area?
The carpet area is the distance between the inner walls. Common areas such as lift, lobby, etc. are not included under the carpet area.
According RERA Carpet area means the net usable floor area of an apartment, excluding the area covered by the external walls, areas under services shafts, exclusive balcony or verandah area and exclusive open terrace area, but includes the area covered by the internal partition walls of the flats.
What is a built-up area?
It is the carpet area plus the wall thickness along with other unusable areas within the apartment such as the dry balcony, terrace, flower beds, etc. It is always more than the carpet area. ( Built-up area = Carpet area + area of walls )
What is a super built-up area?
Super Built-up area of a premise is the saleable area, which includes the carpet area, along with the terrace, balconies, areas occupied by walls, and area occupied by common/shared construction (e.g. lift, stairs, etc). In some cases, builders include amenities like a pool, clubhouse, and garden. Builders use the loading factor on the carpet area to arrive at the super built-up area.
According RERA the carpet area, built-up area, as well as the share of the common area like stairs, lobbies, that can be used by the entire building is defined as Super Built-up area. (Super built-up area = Built-up area + common areas )
Difference between carpet area and built-up area
Built-up area is generally 10-15 percent more than the carpet area. It is because the built-up area also incorporates the wall thickness and balconies.
Difference between Carpet area and Super built-up area
The carpet area is just the inner spread of the house. In comparison, a super built-up area adds up all the amenities, including common areas, pathways and guardrooms, among others, with the home's built-up area.
Stamp duty and registration
RERA came into force and mandated the use of carpet area to for the sale of properties, several authorities have started registering properties using carpet areas as reference. Even stamp duties and other charges are being computed based on carpet area. This has resulted in savings for homebuyers who were earlier paying a higher duty when registering a property as per the super built-up area.
By LNN (Liyaans News Network)