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What does surface habitable mean in a French property advertisement?

In a French real estate advertisement the term surface habitable refers to all the living space in a home or apartment, it is not always the same as the Loi Carrez measurement.

For example, surface habitable of an apartment on the top floor of a building could be 100 m2 habitable and only 84 m2 LC, this is because the apartment includes in the surface habitable places that are usable under the angle of the roof but these spaces are less than 1.8 m in height. The Loi Carrez certified measurement system does not include (at this time) spaces that are less than 1.8 m in height.

Make sure you know the application of  the rules of Loi Carrez, if unsure contact your French real estate notary.

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