The carpet area is a measure of the net usable area of the unit and does not include common areas, balconies, verandahs, etc., whereas, the super built-up area could be an addition of both. Therefore, to ensure that the consumer knows what he is paying for, it has been made mandatory for the real estate developer to specify the carpet area. Essentially Carpet Area is the area within the external walls of a unit where a consumer can reside or have his office. Even when the balconies, verandahs, or terraces are exclusively available within a unit these cannot be added to the Carpet Area prescribed in the Act. The definition of “CARPET AREA” as per the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RARA) Act,2016, Carpet area means the net usable floor area of an apartment, excluding the area covered by the external walls, areas under services shaft, exclusive balcony or verandah area and exclusive open terrace area but including the area covered by the internal partition walls of the apartment. Mandating the carpet area to be revealed will bring in the standardization across builders that were lacking earlier. It will become easier for the customers to compare projects and rates.