Talk:Tag:building=apartments

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rental or owned

Here in N. America "Apartment" is generally used for rental units, while "condo" (or condominium) is usually used for a unit that is owned. The main page doesn't specify if this tag can be used on either rented or resident owned units, but by the equivalence with the British term "flat" I'd assume it can be used for either. Could someone more knowledgeable/experienced than me make this explicit? --Keithonearth (talk) 23:44, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

I've tried to address this in the main page text. Broadly speaking we dont discriminate, at least by building type (and correctly for places in Europe because a) many people rent in all income brackets, b) because many apartment developments may be mixed owner-occupier/social housing and c) because in Britain some social housing has been sold to owner occupiers, again resulting in mixed developments. Also from an OSM perspective determining the ownership status of a block is not straightforward in a ground survey, so we ought to have a tag which is neutral. I'm sure there are suitable tags to show the predominant ownership category of an apartment block. SK53 (talk) 18:23, 6 September 2014 (UTC)