Personal Servitude Law and Legal Definition

A personal servitude is a servitude granting rights in property to a particular person. Such servitudes are personal in nature and ordinarily terminate on the servient holder’s death. It is a limited real right granting the servitude holder specific rights for the use and enjoyment of certain movable or immovable thing of another in his personal capacity for a specific period of time, or for his lifetime. For example, the right to use a house.

The following is an example of a state statute (Louisiana) defining the term.

La. C.C. Art. 534. Personal servitude

A personal servitude is a charge on a thing for the benefit of a person. There are three sorts of personal servitudes: usufruct, habitation, and rights of use.