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Use this for general questions about tenants. Consider using a more specific tag such as [tag:residential-tenant], [tag:commercial-tenant], [tag:leasehold] or [tag:boarder] if they are more appropriate

The term tenant refers to a number of different arrangements where a person (the tenant) has a right to use real property that is owned by someone else (the landlord).

  • applies to tenants who reside in the property and pay rent on a periodic basis (weekly, monthly etc.) either on a fixed term lease or on a periodic one.
  • applies to tenants who do reside in the property and pay rent on a periodic basis (weekly, monthly etc.) either on a fixed term lease or on a periodic one. The property is usually used for a commercial purpose such as a shop, office, factory, warehouse etc. Commercial tenants usually have fewer rights than residential tenants as they are presumed to be commercially savvy when entering contracts like leases.
  • is a long term arrangement where an up-front payment is made for the right to use the property for a very long period of time: 30-year and 99-year leases are typical and 999-year leases are not unknown. Unlike a periodic tenancy, a leashold creates a real-property interest that can be on-sold by the tenant without the landlord's permission or consent.
  • a boarder is a person who lives in a house alongside the owner, for example, by renting a room. They generally have different rights from residential tenants.
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