Tenement Law and Legal Definition

A tenement is a term found in older deeds or in boiler-plate deed language which refers to any structure on real property.

It is also used to refer to older, dilapidated apartment buildings in urban areas with several floors reached by stairways. Early tenements were often inhabited by immigrants to the U.S. in the first half of the 20th century and were characterized by crowded and unsanitary living conditions.