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The word apartment denotes a residential unit or section in a building.
In some locations, particularly the United States, the word connotes a rental unit owned by the building owner, and is not typically used for a condominium.
Depending on the building design, the entrance doors may be connected directly to the outside or to a common area inside, such as a hallway or a lobby.
In South Africa An apartment is usually a single level rental area that is a part of a larger building and can be entered from inside the building through a separate door leading off either a wind tunnel or entrance hall/lobby that is shared with other occupants of the house or building.
An apartment is in a building or converted house in which no space or single unit occupies an entire floor on its own.
In Japanese English loanwords, the term apartment is used for lower-income housing and mansion is used for high-end apartments; but both terms refer to what English-speakers regard as an apartment (or condominium) and not the level of luxury of a mansion in English parlance.
Australian English or New Zealand English, traditionally use the term flat (although it also applies to any rental property) and more recently also use the terms unit or apartment.
Some buildings can be characterized as 'mixed use buildings', meaning part of the building is for commercial, business, or office use, usually on the first floor or first couple of floors, and one or more apartments are found in the rest of the building, usually on the upper floors.
In some parts of the world, the word apartment refers to a new purpose-built self-contained residential unit in a building, whereas the word flat means a converted self-contained unit in an older building.
Technically multi-story apartments sometimes referred to as mid-rise apartments and even high-rise apartments when there are many stories.
Duplex description can be different depending on the part of the country but generally has two to four dwellings with a door for each and usually two front doors close together but separate - referred to as 'duplex' (or 'triplex') indicating the number of units, not the number of floors as they are usually one story at least in the Texas area.
This situation does not happen in Scotland, where long leasehold of residential property was formerly unusual, and is now impossible.
In some countries the word "unit" is a more general term referring to both apartments and rental business suites.
The smallest self-contained apartments are referred to as studio, efficiency or bachelor apartments in the US, or studio flat in the UK.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating