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Encyclopedia > Tenant farm

A tenant (from the Latin tenere, to hold), in legal contexts, holds real property by some form of title from a landlord.


Various forms of tenancy exist, or have existed in the past. These include:

  • socage
  • tenancy for life
  • tenancy for years
  • tenancy from year to year

This article incorporates text from the public domain 1911 Encyclopędia Britannica.


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Handbook of Texas Online: (1757 words)
Although statistics on farm tenure by race were not collected until 1900, fls comprised a much higher proportion of the total number of tenant farmers than their proportion of the population.
This led to a corresponding increase in the proportion of tenants.
In terms of the population as a whole, in 1930, nearly one quarter of all Texans lived on tenant farms.
Tenant farmer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (142 words)
A tenant farmer is one who resides on and farms land owned by a landlord.
In some systems, he could be evicted at whim (tenancy at will); in others, he signs a contract for a fixed number of years (tenancy for years or indenture).
Tenant farming is distinct from the serfdom of medieval Europe, where the land and the serfs were legally inseparable.
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