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An apartment building, especially a shoddy or poorly maintained one. A tenement may only meet the minimum standards for the owner to rent its units legally.


(1) A common expression for apartment buildings in advanced stages of disrepair, located in a generally deteriorated part of town.(2) In its broadest sense, anything permanent that may be the subject of an interest. It is more than just land, but includes all real property that is the subject of a freehold interest and so excludes leases. See land, tenements, and hereditaments for differences among the words.

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Following the acquisition, LSC will own over 90% of the Salta tenements in Salinas Grandes.
JOHN Cleese referred to half-educated tenement Scots in his Twitter rant.
It is an area that has become the focus of exploration activity for iron ore by Padbury Mining Ltd and the tenement is contiguous to its existing holdings.
Tenements built before 1901 are sometimes referred to as "Old Law Tenements.
We are very pleased to have seven of these tenements granted and will begin reconnaissance field checking once the geological team has finished sampling and logging of the recently completed drilling program,' commented Managing Director Simon Taylor.
Chapter eight's close-in analysis based around mapping, interviewing and observation is especially rewarding reading for bringing out the everyday existence of people in tenements in these two areas--it is the longest chapter, by some way.
There were still tenements in Dublin up until the 1970s but at that stage they were run by the corporation.
SMALL HOMES: The tenements at Southgate, in the foreground, with Oldgate, the Kingsgate shopping centre and Oldgate House behind them.
Like other early tenements, the building contained 20 three-room units with no heating, lighting and for many years, indoor plumbing or running water.
For instance, in his first chapter, McBee describes how many immigrants who lived in tenements would take in boarders to make financial ends meet.
Indeed, balconies are re-emerging in new developments throughout the poorest parts of the old city, where a new vernacular of four- or five-storey walk-up flats, publicly and privately funded, replaces ruined traditional tenements.