Writ of waste

WRIT OF WASTE. The name of a writ to be issued against a tenant who has committed waste of the premises. There are several forms of this writ, that against a tenant in dower differs from the others. F. N. B. 125.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Waste - at least actionable waste - can, as we shall see, be committed only by a tenant, and, indeed, only by certain classes of tenant.(7) So, Bolton is correct when he observes that "Richard as lord paramount is the one person in the kingdom who cannot be a tenant, so no literal writ of waste can lie against him" (63).
Another problem is that the "reversioner" here does not exactly bring a writ of waste against Richard.