Definition of tenant in English:



  • 1A person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord.

    ‘council-house tenants’
    figurative ‘a frequent tenant of the gossip columns’
    • ‘A landlord cannot refuse demands from disabled tenants to adapt rented accommodation.’
    • ‘Where a lease expires, the tenant will pay rent under the existing lease until the new lease is in place.’
    • ‘These properties could be rented to tenants.’
    • ‘The oversupply of rental property has resulted in landlords cutting rents to attract tenants.’
    • ‘The current system protects tenants against unfair rent increases.’
    • ‘The tenants are able to rent the property at a discounted rate.’
    • ‘The homes were rented out to new tenants.’
    • ‘Rather than deal with the hassle of finding tenants and collecting the rent, I had appointed an agent to do the dirty work.’
    • ‘The cars are the property of tenants of the new housing estate.’
    • ‘Do budget for periods between lettings, when you won't have any tenants and no rent coming in.’
    • ‘Apartment rents for tenants will continue to rise.’
    • ‘I live in an old dilapidated building that has poor tenants and relatively cheap rents.’
    • ‘He collected several months' rent in advance from tenants.’
    • ‘You can sell your property, or find tenants to rent it.’
    • ‘The landlord prepared the land and then the tenant moved in.’
    • ‘Almost a tenth of all houses are occupied by tenants renting from private landlords.’
    • ‘In some parts there are basically too many landlords chasing too few tenants, which is pushing down rents.’
    • ‘She was an ideal tenant who paid the rent on time.’
    • ‘My front neighbours have moved out and the landlord is interviewing prospective tenants.’
    • ‘My job is to win new business and match properties with tenants.’
    occupant, resident, inhabitant
    leaseholder, lessee, renter, holder
    lodger, boarder
    occupier, sitting tenant
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    1. 1.1Law A person in possession of real property by any right or title.
      • ‘In breach of covenant, the tenant has failed to complete the works.’
      • ‘The lease here provides only that the tenant bears all the responsibility for maintenance.’


  • Occupy (property) as a tenant.

    ‘the house was tenanted by his cousin’
    • ‘The majority of family-sized homes on her books are tenanted by young professionals.’
    • ‘The tower is tenanted by private corporations, mostly American multinational corporations.’
    • ‘Money comes in from a successful nursery and from the farms, one of which is tenanted.’
    • ‘They own 700 leased pubs and around 300 tenanted properties.’
    • ‘From 1966 until 2002 the farm was tenanted by farmers called Cole.’
    • ‘The properties were tenanted out.’
    • ‘These standards will apply to all tenanted properties.’
    • ‘The flats are now tenanted and noise disturbance is proving to be a real problem.’
    • ‘He had been left some tenanted farmsteads by an aunt.’
    • ‘Ninety per cent of the farms were tenanted.’
    • ‘The land is tenanted under a farming business tenancy.’
    • ‘The cottage is still tenanted.’
    • ‘The garages are currently tenanted by some of the road's residents.’
    • ‘Shops which have been empty for years are slowly getting tenanted.’
    • ‘They would purchase properties that can be tenanted for full market rent.’
    • ‘All the houses are tenanted houses.’
    • ‘All 10 tournament stadiums are tenanted by existing clubs.’
    • ‘To this day, Urban Plaza remains poorly tenanted.’
    • ‘Relatively few public companies specialise in buying tenanted property in the private residential sector.’
    • ‘The 72 flats are mostly tenanted at modest rents due to the building's poor condition.’
    live in, inhabit, be the tenant of, tenant, lodge in, be ensconced in, be established in, ensconce oneself in, establish oneself in, take up residence in, make one's home in, settle in, move into
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Middle English: from Old French, literally holding, present participle of tenir, from Latin tenere.