What to know about the Tenement Housing Definition

Tenement housing is defined as a housing unit in which the tenant has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Tenement is the only type of housing in which residents are not allowed to walk, or even walk down stairs, without their landlord’s permission. 

It’s important to note that the definition is different for people in tenement units. 

A common misunderstanding is that tenement housing does not have to be furnished, because in that case, there’s a common area for the tenant to use, which means it’s considered a common space. 

In this example, the tenant does not live in the unit, but uses it as a common yard for the family. 

Tenement housing in the US can be quite restrictive. 

If a tenant is unable to use the common area, he or she is usually required to share the common space with another tenant. 

This is a legal requirement and it can result in significant fines for violations. 

For example, in California, a landlord who rents out tenement space for more than four days a month could face fines of up to $1,000 per day. 

However, if the tenant’s property does not contain any common areas, the property must be furnished and the tenant must abide by the tenancy agreement. 

Many landlords do not comply with the tenement laws. 

They may simply ignore the Tenentments Housing Code, or they may refuse to rent out tenements to people who do not meet the tenancy guidelines. 

According to a study by the National Alliance on Homelessness, about 10% of landlords surveyed did not comply to the Tenant’s Housing Code. 

When a tenant fails to comply with Tenentment Housing Codes, the landlord can be held liable for the property’s value. 

To learn more about Tenent and Tenancy laws, visit the Tenant and Tenant Code website. 

More Tenant information: Tenant protections in the Tenant Protection Act of 2003 State Tenancy Law: California Tenant Protection Laws (PDF, 1.6MB) State Landlord Protection Laws: Tenancy Law and Landlord Remedies in California Tenent Housing Codes: State of California Tenent Housing Laws Tenancies in Tenant Housing Codes