Define: Attornment

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Definition: Attornment



What is the dictionary definition of Attornment?

Dictionary Definition


feudal legal The consent of a tenant to the transfer of his relationship to his landlord to another person.


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Full Definition of Attornment


Expressed or implied consent to a transfer of right, such as where a tenant accepts to be a tenant of a new landlord by continuing to occupy the leased or rented property after its sale.

Attornment in English real property law is the acknowledgement of a new lord by the tenant on the alienation of land.

Under the feudal system, the relations of landlord and tenant were to a certain extent reciprocal. So it was considered unreasonable to the tenant to subject him to a new lord without his own approval, and it thus came about that alienation could not take place without the consent of the tenant. Attornment was also extended to all cases of lessees for life or for years. The necessity for attornment was abolished by an act of 1705.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Attornment are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 27th December 2019.