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Basic principles of security of tenure

This content applies to England

Different types of tenure, categories of occupiers, and common rules and differences between tenancy and license agreements.

What is security of tenure?

Security of tenure means the rights of occupation and depend on whether an occupier is owner-occupier, tenant, licensee or trespasser. 

What is a tenancy?

A tenancy is a legal interest in land where an occupier has the exclusive possession of premises for a period of time and pays rent. 

What is a licence?

A licence is personal permission for someone to occupy accommodation and does not give an occupier a legal interest in the land. 

Tenancy and licence agreements

Tenancy or licence agreements may be written or verbal and the label on the agreement does not determine the real status of the occupiers. 

Information about a landlord's identity

Provisions governing the right of tenants to know the name and address of their landlord for sending written notices. 

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