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Tenant at Sufferance

Many landlords have or will have to face a tenant at sufferance. The proactive landlord will greatly lessen the chances of that happening. However, in the case that it does happen, they will be prepared to deal with it in a timely and cost-effective manner.

What Is A Tenant at Sufferance?


To be a tenant at sufferance, the tenant would not have the landlord's permission to stay in the apartment after the lease or agreement ends. This also applies to situations where the landlord terminates the tenancy by serving them with a notice to quit. If they don’t leave, they are also considered a tenant at sufferance. Regardless of how they get there, having these issues can be dangerous territory for an unwary landlord.


The landlord should be aware of his or her legal rights and responsibilities well before the tenant becomes a tenant at sufferance. For example, accepting rent payments from the tenant creates a tenancy at will. A tenancy at will allows the tenant to remain in the property. Another example is the landlord failing to take proper legal steps according to the particular type of tenancy. A landlord’s failure to comply with the laws provides a great defense for the tenant should an eviction case be filed. An attorney should be consulted well before the tenancy gets to the need for Court action.

Professional Consultation


Landlords need legal help lessening the chances of having to navigate the courts. You don’t have to put yourself in this position. Attorney Andrew Bucklin is here to assist you! For his professional consultation, call 781-632-8675 or click here to contact him directly.

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