Flat & Apartment What are the diffences between flat and apartment?
Aug 25, 2018 10:08 AM
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In the US, we don't use the word flat. They use is mainly in England. As far as I know, they mean the same thing. There may be slight differences.
August 25, 2018
A house is separate from other houses - it might share a wall with the house next to it, but it has its own front door. In the US an apartment is one of several homes which are in a large building, with a shared entrance. The building is called an apartment building. An apartment can have more than one floor - if it has two it is called a duplex apartment. Simple. In the UK we would describe the building as a block of flats. A flat has only one floor - it is actually flat. If it has multiple floors it is called a maisonette. US English terms are increasingly used in the UK, so the many developments of investment properties in London usually describe themselves as apartments - this is perhaps to make them seem worth £10m each - and the buildings are described as apartment blocks. While we are at it, in England a tower block is a block of council flats - this is a form of social housing. A mansion block is a block of mansion flats - these are posh flats built mainly in Edwardian times.
August 25, 2018
And to add to the meanings - here in New Zealand, a flat can also mean a house that is rented out and shared among several people. A very common example is a 'student flat'.
August 25, 2018
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