Definition of tenant in US English:

tenant

noun

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

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

verb

[with object]usually be tenanted
  • Occupy (property) as a tenant.

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

Middle English: from Old French, literally ‘holding’, present participle of tenir, from Latin tenere.

Pronunciation

tenant

/ˈtɛnənt//ˈtenənt/