Usufruct Law and Legal Definition

Usufruct is a right in a property owned by another, normally for a limited time or until death. It is the right to use the property, to enjoy the fruits and income of the property, to rent the property out and to collect the rents, all to the exclusion of the underlying owner. The usufructuary has the full right to use the property but cannot dispose of the property nor can it be destroyed.

The extent of usufruct is defined by agreement and may be for a stated term, covering only certain stated properties, it could be set to terminate if certain conditions are met, such as marriage of a child or remarriage of a spouse, it can be granted to several people to share jointly, and it can be given to one person for a period of time and to another after some stated event occurs.