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Old 17.04.2008, 21:42
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Apartment surface areas advertised (qm/m2/sqm)

I've been going through some apartment listings at Homegate, as well as a few in other sites. Many apartments have an area or "living space" advertised, in square meters (qm/m2/sqm).

Are those areas comparable - that is, is there any regulation as to what is included in the advertised space, so that a 70m2 apartment will necessarily always be bigger than a 60m2 apartment? If so, what is included exactly? Is it only area inside the apartment, or also some shared area (like storeroom, proportional part of stairway, etc)? Is it only the actual space, or is space occupied by walls, etc. also included? If there is a balcony, is its space included?

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Old 17.04.2008, 21:57
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Re: Apartment surface areas advertised (qm/m2/sqm)

Many times, they will include at least part of the balcony space
as part of the measure.

My last landlord included 78 square meters, but 15 sq. meters
was the balcony.
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Old 18.04.2008, 07:36
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Re: Apartment surface areas advertised (qm/m2/sqm)

Thanks for the information. So basically there's no standard as to what this measurement includes, and a 55m2 apartment may well turn out bigger than a 65m2 apartment, right?

And still, except for stuff like the balcony (which is after all space connected to and private to the apartment), are other spaces commonly included? Like shared proportion of stairway space, or storeroom?

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Old 18.04.2008, 09:08
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Re: Apartment surface areas advertised (qm/m2/sqm)

There recently has been a court case in a high court (forgot which one) where the buyer of an appartment was given back a part of the price because the appartment was advertised as about 20% over its actual area. So there are standards. As far as I know the balcony area should be declared separately.
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Old 18.04.2008, 09:21
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Re: Apartment surface areas advertised (qm/m2/sqm)

I believe the term in the German-speaking parts is "Nutzfläche"?
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Re: Apartment surface areas advertised (qm/m2/sqm)

I think you really need to get them to define exactly what the area quoted includes.
Sometimes you'll get two figures for an appartment:

NWF 1: Netto Wohnfläche inkl. Wintergärten
NWF 2: Terrassen, Keller, Lager

NWF 1: 120m2
NWF 2: 45m2
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Re: Apartment surface areas advertised (qm/m2/sqm)

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Make sure they include the Nutzflache inside the letterbox as well
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