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Historically, 'tenure' of land meant a 'holding' of land that was subject to certain obligations. Such obligations were often feudal, and included the obligation to raise knights to support the military endeavours of the overlord. There may also have been an obligation to pay rent, or supply produce. The relationship was much more complicated, and social, than present-day landlord-tenant relationships. However, some of the tenurial nature of former land ownership survives in modern leases (see: Leasehold), which are more than just contracts in some particulars.

Land and Property Law