Land Tenure

Definition - What does Land Tenure mean?

Land tenure is a legal right to occupy or hold a property. It is not the same as property ownership.

The term was created during feudal times when kings owned lands but granted lords tenure of those lands. That meant that the lords could occupy the lands for a certain period of time.

Justipedia explains Land Tenure

A person who has been granted land tenure cannot be kicked off of the land unless their tenure is revoked or unless they violate the terms of the tenure.

A person who rents a piece of land from a landlord has a temporary land tenure for that property. During that period, the person has the right to occupy the land. However, once the period expires, they will have to vacate the property. Landlords typically charge rent in exchange for land tenure.

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