Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to tenement: Dominant tenement


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.

References in periodicals archive ?
But much like the Romans in the famous sketch in the film Monty Python and The Holy Grail, out tenements have given the world quite a lot.
The decision to proceed with the acquisition follows a comprehensive review and assessment of geological data held by Meteoric Resources, a former owner of the tenement.
A description of the conditions in a particular tenement at 97 Orchard Street highlights some of the issues quite dramatically:
The broader context of that story is, of course, one of the most well-known urban stories in the history of the world, but the rise and fall of Hitler's Nazi regime and then of the Soviet-allied East German regime and its dividing wall are narratives seldom discussed (other than perhaps by Friedrich Engels) with the intent of foregrounding tenement housing.
The tenement blocks - standing between Oldgate and Southgate - have been empty for at least three years and were later bought by developers Malik Finance to create student hostels.
recounts the life of a building at 97 Orchard Street, a typical tenement house in New York City that later became the site for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in 1988.
In my head I knew that for many years, until it was converted into a museum, the five-story 97 Orchard Street tenement had been a blighted-decayed shell of history.
He rented a room of a tenement block in Devipada, an isolated basti (settlement) on the outskirts of Mumbai.
The scheme takes its form from the traditional tenement, Illuminated and ventilated by chowks, light wells penetrating the mass of the building.
Historians emphasize the following features: high population density leading to extreme overcrowding of tenements; tenement houses packed together as closely as possible to maximize land use; the dark, disease-ridden, poorly constructed, fire-prone tenements; the minimal level of utility services offered; and the failure of 19th-century reform efforts.
This slim, delightful volume of the stories of four immigrant families who settled in a dark tenement building on New York's Lower East Side humanizes the struggles and triumphs of those families while reflecting on the shared experiences of all immigrants who come to America seeking a new life.
NEW YORK CITY - Nearly everyone's interested in seeing how the other half lives, but in the case of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, visitors might be more likely to see how their own half did, as millions of their collective ancestors landed in New York City and struggled to get their feet on solid economic and social ground between 70 and 140 years ago.