Legal Lingua: Tenant, Licensee, Squatter

Legal Lingua: Tenant, Licensee, Squatter



Words like squatter, tenant are used loosely to describe occupants in Jamaica WI. However when you approach the Court, for action against any occupant, you need to be very sure what category the occupant falls under, or your case can be thrown out.
Civil court is about procedure and from the onset it is important to know the basics to set the proceedings right.
Here’s a brief description on who a squatter, tenant and licensee are.

TENANT:
refers to anyone or any group that rents and occupies premises whether land, a house, an office, from another for a period of time. Tenants can be commercial or residential. A tenant can also be a lessee.

LICENSEE:
refers basically to anyone or group of persons who enter and occupy premises with the permission of the person or persons with authority to do so, but pays no rent. Examples include a relative or a friend.

SQUATTER:
refers to someone who having entered premises without expressed permission and in some cases without the knowledge of the owner, remains/ settles pass the time of being considered a trespasser under civil law.
*The squatter unlike the tenant and licensee has no contractual obligations.

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