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A comprehensive legal term for any type of property of a permanent nature—including land, houses, and other buildings as well as rights attaching thereto, such as the right to collect rent.

In the law of easements, a dominant tenement or estate is that for which the advantage or benefit of an easement exists; a servient tenement or estate is a tenement that is subject to the burden of an easement.

The term tenement is also used in reference to a building with rooms or apartments that are leased for residential purposes. It is frequently defined by statute, and its meaning therefore varies from one jurisdiction to another.


n. 1) a term found in older deeds or in boiler-plate deed language, which means any structure on real property. 2) old run-down urban apartment buildings with several floors reached by stairways. (See: structure)

See: estate, property


1 property held on tenure.
2 a multi-storeyed flatted building in Scotland in which the flats are able to be owned individually with various rights over the common parts.

TENEMENT, estates. In its most extensive signification tenement comprehends every thing which may be holden, provided it be of a permanent nature; and not only lands and inheritances which are holden, but also rents and profits a prendre of which a man has any frank tenement, and of which he may be seised ut de libero tenemento, are included under this term. Co. Litt. 6 a; 1 Tho. Co. Litt. 219; Pork. s. 114; 2 Bl. Com. 17. But the word tenements simply, without other circumstances, has never been construed to pass a fee. 10 Wheat. 204. In its more confined and vulgar acceptation, it means a house or building. Ibid. an 1 Prest. on Est. 8. Vide 4 Bing. 293; S C. l1 Eng. C. L. Rep. 207; 1 T. R. 358; 3 T. R. 772; 3 East, R. 113; 5 East, R. 239; Burn's Just. Poor, 525 to 541; 1 B. & Adolph. 161; S. C. 20 Eng. C. L. Rep. 36 8; Com. Dig. Grant, E 2; Trespass, A 2; Wood's Inst. 120; Babington on Auctions, 211, 212.

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I]n 1884, came the Tenement House Commission which first brought home to us the fact that the people living in the tenements were "better than the houses.
14) It is difficult to tell just how much relief of New York's tenement house problem would have been brought about by free (or even semifree) construction of tall residential buildings in 19th-century Manhattan.
Devine, "Municipal Reform and Social Welfare in New York: A Study of the Low Administration in Its Relation to the Protection of the Tenement House Population," American Monthly Review of Reviews (October 1903): 438; Joy J.
When middle-class reformers secured the Tenement House Law of 1901 (itself a significant political defeat for the building trades), landlords organized politically.
OCT 1-2: Learn to darn socks, use buttons to create costume jewellery and make jam at a Make Do And Mend weekend at Tenement House museum in Glasgow.
tenement house, because it was a Slater company store in the first place.
The Scotts' new tenement house had a back garden and George remembers Lulu, her brother Billy, Isobel and himself going camping.
They need lower wages, a tenement house and a family that will love them and stick by them.
Although these early reformers were concerned about tenement house reform, ventilation and improved slaughter houses, their focus was primarily on eliminating general evils.
But even I felt faintly uncomfortable snooping around one of Glasgow's well- hidden secrets, the Tenement House.
Work Engendered: Toward a New History of American Labor (Ithaca, 1991), 47-69; Eileen Boris, "'A Man's Dwelling House in His Castle': Tenement House Cigarmaking and the Judicial Imperative," in Work Engendered, 114-141; David Montgomery, Workers' Control in America: Studies in the History of Work, Technology, and Labor Struggles (Cambridge, ENG, 1979), 9-31.