The Landlord-Tenant Relationship

The Landlord-Tenant Relationship

Learn about the legal nature of leases, the four types of leasehold estates, and the basic requirements for formation, renewal, and termination of leases.


We’ll begin our chapter on landlord-tenant law by looking at the tenant’s estate in land and the accompanying contract, or lease, between the landlord and the tenant. 

In a landlord-tenant relationship, the landlord gives the tenant a temporary interest in land, called a leasehold estate. This estate gives the tenant the right to possess the property. In exchange, the tenant pays rent.[Restatement (Second) of Property (Landlord and Tenant) §1.2.] 

The agreement between the landlord...