Depending on the contract signed, the floor space might reference difference floor areas such as Gross Floor Area (GFA), Nett Lettable Area (NLA), Fully Enclosed Covered Areas (FECA) and Unenclosed Covered Areas (UCA); it might reference one or a number of them, or might even mention that the areas are “indicative”.
- GFA – area measured from the external face of the external wall. In your case, the areas including the width of the facade wall, the block work from the common area (depending on how they measure the common area) and middle of the tenancy walls. GFA = UCA + FECA
- FECA – area measured within the fully enclosed (i.e. walls or windows or doors to each side of the area) space whereby the internal face of the external wall is measured. That is, if it was a double brick construction, they would measure from the internal face of the outer most external brick wall
- UCA – area measured within a space where it’s not fully covered (e.g. a balcony) but measured the same as FECA.
- NLA – area measured contained within a tenancy at each floor level measured from the internal finished surfaces (i.e. plasterboard walls, not the brick wall) of permanent external walls and permanent internal walls but excluding features such as balconies and verandahs, common use areas, areas less than 1.5 m in height, service areas, and public spaces and thoroughfares.
Whether the Developer should have told her or not would be from the contract documents, but typically the person selling the property would have to disclose whether she was in fact getting the quantified area of usable space as it may be part of the law in your state/country. However, I recommend checking with your legal team or consultant.
So, be careful out there when you're purchasing property off-the-plan. Ask for confirmation, and if you can, a copy of the floor plan with dimensions on them as you can see where they've measured from.
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