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Landlord-Tenant vs Lessor-Lessee

In lease agreements, the difference between landlord and lessor is confusing.

Often, the parties are called landlord and tenant.

However, the terms lessor and lessee as preferred in some agreements.


First of all, the term tenant doesn't necessarily refer to a lease. Anyone who pays rent for a car may also be referred to as tenant. In this context, every lessee is a tenant, but not every tenant is a lessee.

The term tenant may also refer to the occupier, who does not pay and/or is not obliged to pay the lease.


Lessee (also: leaseholder) is the person that occupies an immovable property and pay lease for it. Unlike renter, it solely refers to lease agreements.


A landlord is the owner of the immovable property, irrespective of being party to the lease agreement.

The lease agreement regarding the property may be between the lessee and a third party, while landlord, as the owner of the property, is not involved in the lease agreement. In most civil laws, a lease agreement excluding the landlord is recognized though it is binding over its parties only.


Lessor is the party to the lease agreement, who makes the property available to the lessee; irrespective of owning the property.

In practice, the landlord and the lessee are often the same person, but they are separated as described above in terms of law, because most civil laws allow lease agreements between a lessee and a lessor, who doesn't own the property.

Note that any infringement that may be caused by such an agreement will be between the landlord and the lessor, because the real property of the landlord is absolute, while the lease agreement is exclusively between its parties.

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