What are apartment building classifications Classes A, B, C, D

The building classifications are as follow and may vary from market to market.

Class A

  • Generally, garden product built within the last 10 years
  • High-rise product in select Central Business District may be over 20 years old
  • Commands rents within the range of Class “A” rents in the submarket
  • Well merchandised with landscaping, attractive rental office and/or club building
  • High-end exterior and interior amenities as dictated by other Class “A” products in the market
  • High quality construction with highest quality materials

Class B

  • Generally, product built within the last 20 years
  • Exterior and interior amenity package is dated and less than what is offered by properties in the high end of the market
  • Good quality construction with little deferred maintenance
  • Commands rents within the range of Class “B” rents in the submarket

Class C

  • Generally, product built within the last 30 years
  • Limited, dated exterior and interior amenity package
  • Improvements show some age and deferred maintenance
  • Commands rents below Class “B” rents in submarket
  • Majority of appliances are “original”

Class D

  • Generally, product over 30 years old, worn properties, operationally more transient, situated in fringe or mediocre locations
  • Shorter remaining economic lives for the system components
  • No amenity package offered
  • Marginal construction quality and condition
  • Lower side of the market unit rent range, coupled with intensive use of the property (turnover and density of use) combine to constrain budget for operations

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