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    Tenant house - meaning?

    Is there anything like a "tenant house" in English? If yes, what meaning does it have? Does it have anything to do with a "tenement house" ???
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    Re: Tenant house - meaning?

    I'm not a teacher :)

    Yeah, tenant means someone who rents house

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    Re: Tenant house - meaning?

    Not a teacher.

    Maybe an apartment (American English)? An apartment is a building with many rooms that are rented out to renters (tenants) to live in. This is different from a hotel since apartments are meant to be lived in long-term and don't have housekeeping services.

    The British call this a "flat."


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    Re: Tenant house - meaning?

    To me a "tenant house" would probably be a house in which all the rooms are let as bed-sitting rooms, with perhaps the bathroom and kitchen being used by all the tenants. It is a typical situation in university towns, where students rent a room in a house, sharing the utility costs amongst all the tenants.

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    Re: Tenant house - meaning?

    But does it really have anything to do with a tenement house? They may be easily confused since they sound alike... According to the CALD a tenement is "a large building divided into apartments, usually in a poor area of a city" but what about a "tenant house"? Is it the same or (at least) similar?

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    Re: Tenant house - meaning?

    In one sense, yes, in that in Scotland a "tenament" was a house divided up into flats/apartments and usually indicating a property in a poor location and of poor quality. However, the flats were discrete one from another, in old tenements sharing water access and having a common staircase but having their own kitchen area.

    A tenant house will merely indicate that all living/sleeping rooms are individually let. The house remains as one unit.

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    Re: Tenant house - meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    To me a "tenant house" would probably be a house in which all the rooms are let as bed-sitting rooms, with perhaps the bathroom and kitchen being used by all the tenants. It is a typical situation in university towns, where students rent a room in a house, sharing the utility costs amongst all the tenants.
    It seems that you mentioning " the shared apartment" :)


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    Re: Tenant house - meaning?

    No - it's a bit different from a shared apartment. More like a college dorm.

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