The Uttar Pradesh Real Estate Regulatory Authority (UPRERA) has mandated that builders sell apartments based only on their carpet area, not the super area, as disclosed by officials.
Selling units based on the super area lacks justification and is considered illegal according to the law. The authority insists that transactions for flats or houses should be solely based on their carpet area.
Sanjay Bhoosreddy, Chairman of UPRERA, emphasized the importance of considering the carpet area as the genuine space within a unit. He stressed the need for allottees to pay promoters based on this specific area.
Under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, builders must register project details on the portal. This includes specifying the number and types of units, along with floor details, balcony, terrace, and the area of other spaces, specifically the actual area enclosed by internal walls (carpet area).
Instances have been reported where builders sold units based on the super area, against RERA provisions, according to authority officials. They cautioned that disregarding this regulation could lead to legal repercussions.
While developers can advertise their projects based on the super area of flats, the sale of apartments must be executed through builder-buyer agreements based on the carpet area, clarified a UPRERA official.
Buyers are advised to make informed purchases by considering the carpet area. UPRERA has provided a model sales agreement on its portal based on the carpet area for reference by both buyers and builders.
Carpet area defines the usable floor space within an apartment or house, while the super area includes shared spaces like lifts, lobbies, staircases, pipe ducts, community centers, and similar spaces.