A tenant is someone who lives in a place owned by someone else, usually paying rent. If you blast your music and let the cat pee in the corner, your landlord will not think that you're a very good tenant.

Tenant is often used to mean "renter," but it can mean anyone who has the right to live in a particular place, either because he signed a lease, which is a rental agreement, because he owns the land, or because government gave him a title to it. If you live in a big apartment building, you should be aware of your rights as a tenant, which usually include things like having heat in the winter and proper fire escapes.

Definitions of tenant

n someone who pays rent to use land or a building or a car that is owned by someone else

“the landlord can evict a tenant who doesn't pay the rent”
leaseholder, lessee
a tenant who holds a lease
boarder, lodger, roomer
a tenant in someone's house
Type of:
payer, remunerator
a person who pays money for something

n a holder of buildings or lands by any kind of title (as ownership or lease)

one of two or more tenants holding title to the same property
life tenant
a tenant whose legal right to retain possession of buildings or lands lasts as long as they (or some other person) live
tenant farmer
a farmer who works land owned by someone else
Type of:
a person who holds something

n any occupant who dwells in a place

Type of:
occupant, occupier, resident
someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there

v occupy as a tenant

Type of:
dwell, inhabit, live, populate
inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

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