Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Tenendum Definition:

Latin: to be held. In law, that part of a contract in which an interest in real property is created that sets out the extent or limitations of that interest.

Related Terms: Tenement, Hereditament

Latin for to be held.

The name given to the clause, article or section of a real property transfer contract in which the tenure of the real estate being transferred is identified.

The terms is a relic of the feudal system when subinfuedation of land was allowed. Thus, the tenendum would specify the particulars of the overriding feudal holding.

But with the gradual abolition of the English feudal system starting in 1290, and the replacement of subinfeudation with leases and outright sales, the tenendum has lost its importance in conveyancing documents.


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