Introduction to security of tenure
Different types of tenure, categories of occupiers, and common rules and differences between tenancy and license agreements.
Security of tenure means the rights of occupation and depend on whether an occupier is owner-occupier, tenant, licensee or trespasser.
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.
A licence is personal permission for someone to occupy accommodation and does not give an occupier a legal interest in the land.
Tenancy or licence agreements may be written or verbal and the label on the agreement does not determine the real status of the occupiers.
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.