DEFINITION of 'Tenancy At Sufferance'

An agreement in which a property renter is permitted to live in a property after a lease term has expired, but before the landlord demands the tenant vacate the property. If a tenancy at sufferance occurs, the original lease conditions must be met, including the payment of any rents. Otherwise, the tenant can be evicted at any time without notice.

BREAKING DOWN 'Tenancy At Sufferance'

A tenancy at sufferance, also termed "estate at sufferance" or "holdover tenancy", arises when a tenant who has a lawful possession of a property (for example, a lease) holds over without the owner's consent. The only difference between a tenant at sufferance and trespasser is that the tenant entered into possession in a legal manner but has now overstayed his or her welcome.

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