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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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)

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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.
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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A storefront used as a residence offered more space than a room in the tenement building. In those days, it wasn't unusual for a family to have six to ten children.
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Although anyone can browse through the interpretive center, the tenement building itself can be seen only on a guided tour, such as one led by Mark Rosenthal - no relation to the turn-of-the century Rosenthals, he says - on a sunny afternoon just four days before the terrible events of Sept.
Procurator Fiscal Depute Hazel Emmerson told the court: "The locus is a onebedroom, ground floor flat in a tenement building which has six houses in the building.
Mark Isreal, the founder and owner of Doughnut Plant says, "When I started Doughnut Plant in 1994,1 was making doughnuts in the basement of a Lower East Side tenement building that had been converted into a bakery and would deliver the doughnuts around town on my bike in the morning.
In a press conference on Monday, the NHA said it was conducting 'preeviction activities'-largely consultation meetings-with 712 families at Fort Bonifacio Tenement Building in Taguig City and over 6,000 families at Punta Santa Ana Tenement and Vitas Tenement, both in Manila.
On August 15, 1969, mum-of-three Jemima McDonald, 32, was found raped, strangled and beaten in a tenement building in MacKeith Street, Bridgeton.
He came from a poor family and was raised in a tenement building. He began acting at the age of eight, making his stage debut in Hansel and Gretel.
According to the Post, Westport Capital Partners has tapped Douglas Harmon and Adam Spies of Eastdil Secured to market the 21-story East Village hotel, which was built around an old tenement building at 27 Cooper Square and debuted in late 2008 after years of delays.
Start at Gladstone's Land, the tenement building of a wealthy merchant, set above the Royal Mile at 477B Lawnmarket (0844 493 2120; nts.org.uk; daily 10am-5pm).
Marianne is 16 and living in a grimy and sordid tenement building in Victorian Grimsby, destined to a life of poverty because she is illegitimate.
Truly, it's the kind of movie to cause tinnitus, with trucks, terrorists and even a tenement building all going boom at regular intervals.