Introduction to security of tenure

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

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  • 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.

  • Joint tenancies

    Where a tenancy is granted to more than one person, the tenants hold the tenancy jointly and are jointly and severally liable for rent and other costs.