Residential Measurement Standard – RMS – in Alberta

Frequently Asked Questions continued:

 Can I use the condominium unit’s registered size as the RMS area?

No. Use the RMS. The condominium unit’s registered size is not the same as the RMS. The unit’s registered size can include garages, parking spaces, storage areas, and balconies. The RMS area deducts these areas so consumers can make comparisons of actual living space. Some real estate boards may require real estate professionals to input the condominium unit’s registered size in their listing service. The unit’s registered size can be included as an additional measurement, as long as there is disclosure of what it includes.

How does the RMS relate to the condominium unit’s registered size?

It does not. The RMS area represents the livable area of the unit. The condominium unit’s registered size is the basis for determining the unit factors for the unit. The unit factors are used to determine the owner’s responsibility for their proportionate share of the condominium’s common area expenses. The registered size may include the unit and wall thicknesses, plus other areas, such as balconies, storage areas, parking spaces, and below grade levels. Therefore, the condominium unit’s registered size is often, but not always, a larger number than the RMS. If the RMS area is larger than the condominium unit’s registered size, recheck the calculations.

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