Officetel floor heating is allowed up to an exclusive area of 120 square meters (about 36 pyeong). It is expected that the supply of residential officetels for 3-4 person households including balconies will increase.
The city center seen from above in Dongjak-gu, Seoul. By Kim Chang-gil
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on the 11th that it would revise and announce the ‘Officetel Building Standards’, which includes the relaxation of floor heating regulations. This measure is a follow-up measure after the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced the easing of regulations through a meeting with the government and industry to expand housing supply last month.
Currently, floor heating such as ondol and electric heaters can be installed only in officetels with an exclusive ’85 m2 or less’, but under the revised notice, floor heating installations are allowed up to a ‘120 m2 or less’ dedicated area in the future.
In the case of an officetel, unlike a house, a balcony is included in the floor area. In order to build a residential officetel, floor heating is essential, but if a balcony is included, most residential officetels do not have a balcony because the exclusive area is too narrow to meet the existing ’85㎡ or less’. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport predicted that the supply of residential officetels including balconies (about 30 m2) will further expand in the future as the standard for exclusive area is expanded due to this deregulation.
As there are frequent complaints about odors such as cigarette smoke between households living in officetels, a provision has been added to allow building permit holders (local government heads, etc.) to recommend the installation of exhaust facilities in officetels. This is a follow-up measure following the resolution of the request for system improvement at the 7th Consumer Policy Committee held on August 18th. In the future, the permit holder will be able to recommend the installation of exhaust facilities equivalent to that of an apartment house in consideration of the officetel drawings and actual use.
The number of sales of officetels with less tax burden was the highest since the counting due to the tightening of the property tax and other holding tax standards. According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the number of officetel sales nationwide stood at 51,402. This is a figure that has already surpassed the previous record of most sales last year (48,650 transactions). In the case of downtown residential officetels with good locations, the competition for subscription has risen to thousands to one recently.