What does flat mean in Housing?

This page is about the meanings of the acronym/abbreviation/shorthand flat in the Community field in general and in the Housing terminology in particular.

'flat'; Reference 'living quarters' on upper floors of a commercial building, with inside/ouside stairwell access: nickname; 'Cold-water, 'Walk-up' 'flat'

Business places were often located in street level section of multi-storied frame or brick buildings. Business operator and family often occupied one of upper FLOORS as a 'flat' or apartment living space: YE ED, FMF, 09/17/2013

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a level tract of land

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