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Q: Difference between a flat and a terrace (UK) ? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Difference between a flat and a terrace (UK) ?
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: slugmeister-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 08 Jun 2006 04:51 PDT
Expires: 08 Jul 2006 04:51 PDT
Question ID: 736366
In the United Kingdom, and specificlly England (London), what is the
difference between a flat and a terrace?

I am looking at property report and it gives a breakdown of kinds of
properties in the area: flat, terrace, semi-detached and detached.

So what's the difference between a flat and a terrace?
Subject: Re: Difference between a flat and a terrace (UK) ?
Answered By: palitoy-ga on 08 Jun 2006 05:26 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello slugmeister-ga,

Thank-you for your question.

In the UK, a flat is usually a room (or number of rooms) within a
building being used by the same occupant.  It is equivalent to an
apartment in the USA.

"An apartment (or flat in Britain and most other Commonwealth
countries) is a self-contained housing unit that occupies only part of
a building. Apartments may be owned (by an owner-occupier) or rented
(by tenants)."

A terrace is a row of houses in a street with common dividing walls. 
A terrace house is one of the units (or houses) within the row.

"In architecture and city planning, a terrace (..) is a style of
housing (..) where a row of identical or mirror-image houses share
side walls."

The Wikipedia article above shows some typical terraced housing in the
UK (or London).  I believe they are called townhouses in the USA.

It is not uncommon (especially in London where housing is at a
premium) for terraced houses to be broken down into flats where one
tenant may rent one floor (room or rooms) and another tenant rent
another floor (room or rooms).

There is a good list of housing types (complete with descriptions) here:

If you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to ask
for clarification.
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Subject: Re: Difference between a flat and a terrace (UK) ?
From: palitoy-ga on 08 Jun 2006 06:27 PDT
Thank-you for the 5-star rating and tip!  They are both appreciated.

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