Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Residential Tenancy Definition:

The lease of residential premises for residential purposes.

Related Terms: Tenant, Landlord, Tenancy

The contractual, lease relationship between a lessor of residential premises (landlord) and his lessee (tenant); a tenancy of residential premises.

A written or oral contract, oral, express or implied, between a landlord and tenant in regards to the latter's occupation of residential premises.

In Residential Tenancies, the authors defined it as:

"... a tenancy of residential premises for primarily residential purposes."

Many statutes are entitled residential tenancy and proceed to prescribe the law as regards to the rental or lease of residential apartments by landlords to tenants usually, but not always, excluding rooming houses or boarding houses.

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