NET LETTABLE AREA SURVEY
Net lettable area surveys for floor space calculations
Our business was built on preparing Lettable Area Surveys and we have become the industry leader in this space.
Three fundamentals drove our start-up business to disrupt the survey industry nearly 20 years ago;
- To become the single source of interpretation and best practice of the Property Council of Australia Method of Measurement
- Use the latest technology in obtaining accurate field data.
- Present the findings in a transparent and easy to read format for all interested parties to understand in their own way.
Obtaining accurately calculated tenancy areas for Warehouses, Industrial Buildings, Free Standing Supermarkets and Showrooms, the survey uses the Property Council Method of Measurement known as Gross Lettable Area.
It is important to note that this is a method and not a standard. So there is a lot of reliance on the expertise of the surveyor to best interpret and use the correct method keeping in mind the landlord and tenants’ best interest. The Realserve team has specialised in this space for nearly 20 years.
The net lettable area is calculated by measurements from the internal finished surfaces of permanent internal walls and the internal finished surfaces of dominant portions of the permanent outer building walls.
Freestanding columns and engaged columns are included in the NLA. Ducts, accessways and recessed door areas are excluded from the NLA. One clause we find that needs special mention is the exclusion of fire hose reel cupboards. The tenancy is taken to the face of the cupboard if the FHR is located there, inside the tenancy.
Office floor zones where there is less than 1.5metre height clearance above the floor level need to be measured and recorded separately. Lift and smoke lobbies calculations are determined site specifically if the are part of a common or if a bank of lifts face each other.
Net lettable Areas for a sub-divided floor do have a slight variance in calculation where walls or partitions adjoin public areas such as lobbies and corridors.
If you own, manage or lease an industrial building you will find a Nett Lettable Area Survey most useful for;
- Showing tenancy square metres on signboards and other marketing material.
- Attaching to Lease Documentation.
- Property Valuation reports.
- Rental calculations.
- Registering a Lease.
Our typical process
The property council believes the best practice approach to measuring floor space as part of a lease negotiation is as follows;
Step 1 – Agree on the methods to be used
Step 2 – Agree on the measurements obtained
Step 3 – Negotiate the rental rates
Our fieldwork and lettable are plan presentation is the best clarification of the method of measurement with your specific site. If your industrial portfolio spans Australia, you can have the peace of mind when negotiating rental calculations with incoming or existing tenants, knowing you have the correct area.
We utilise the latest surveying technology to capture our data then produce our surveys. Using the latest CAD software programs everything is captured and processed accurately to start producing survey plans. The equipment we use is state of the art, ranging from traditional total stations to 3D laser scanning or RPA (drone). We only use the latest software tools including AutoCAD & Revit.
Once our plans are drafted they go through an intensive QA process via an independent audit to ensure that what we have captured is delivered to the highest levels of accuracy possible.
- Initial consultation to ensure we can meet your needs.
- Agree on a scope of work.
- A site visit is organised with one of our qualified technicians with the necessary data collection equipment.
- All data is then processed via our team located in one of our offices around the Country.
- All plans or drawings are then independently reviewed via our QA process.
- All deliverables are then created for viewing in PDF, AutoCAD or Revit.
- We also have the ability to create a 3D scan or virtual tour of your property to create a fully interactive view of a site.
Net Lettable Area Survey Plans
See some of our case studies
The International Property Measurement Standard (IPMS) is a standardised and globally applicable method for measuring property. This global method of measurement is being introduced gradually into Australia
Typically, the Gross Floor Area (GFA) is measured in accordance with each Council’s Local Environmental Plan to determine a buildings Floor Space Ratio (FSR).
A Lettable Area Plan in South Australia cannot be used or registered for a written lease by a solicitor. Confirming whether your plan requires to be registered or not, is very important as it requires the appropriate Filed Plan Presentation and Lodgement.
We helped a client convert a very old handshake agreement into a new Plan of Subdivision to determine the correct usage of the farming area.