A unit ID is the unique identifier for a property unit or listing.
In the same way that a person has a name, a unit ID is the unit’s name.
A unit will be unique for that property. Thus the combination of a unit name and property name will always be unique. However, the specific unit ID, divorced from its property parent, may not be unique across a portfolio.
- A property, property XX, is made up uniquely-named Units A, B and C
- However there may be 5 “Unit A”s across the portfolio. E.g. Property XX has a Unit A, Property YY has a Unit A, Property ZZ has a Unit A etc.
Units living within a property
As with a person’s first name and last name, a unit ID can contain extra data that explains more information about it. Units generally have a many to one relationship with the property they are located inside of it. Units may thus be nested inside of a property hierarchy. The property-specific hierarchy may address layers such as
- Property layer
- Building layer
- Component layer
Thus a unit name may also sometimes contain floor, component or building information too.
(Further to the hierarchy above, units are also the parent to complex spaces, in a one-to-many relationship)
Uses of a unit ID
- Enables that unit to be referenced through to a specific section detailed on a floor plan layout
- Used to bind a lease to a property
- Explains the part of a property that is vacant
- Allows space information to be bound to a stacking plan