sub·​ten·​ant | \ ˌsəb-ˈte-nənt How to pronounce subtenant (audio) \

Definition of subtenant

: one who rents from a tenant

Examples of subtenant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In California, lessees are permitted to host short-term guests through sites like Airbnb, and there is a legal process for master tenants to evict subtenants, just as there is a process for owners to evict lessees. Pete Grieve,, "Woman charged with staging Mountain View home invasion described plans on social media," 29 Aug. 2019 The owner of the building in dispute was actually a black Pentecostal church, whose leaders had asked a Jewish tenant to evict a black subtenant, who enlisted the aid of Sharpton and other race-baiters to whip up street protests. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Al Sharpton Is Not a Civil-Rights Hero," 31 July 2019 WeWork and its peers are typically on the hook for fixed rents of 10 to 15 years, but their subtenants can bolt after only a fraction of that time, potentially leaving co-working companies stuck with empty space for long stretches. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "WeWork Surpasses JPMorgan as Biggest Occupier of Manhattan Office Space," 18 Sep. 2018 Tesla, which runs the plant, now employs about a fifth of that number — between 600 and 700 employees — working with Panasonic, which is a subtenant. New York Times, "Cuomo’s ‘Buffalo Billion’: Is New York Getting Its Money’s Worth?," 2 July 2018 With membership votes, apathy is often a problem, and can stymie good ideas. Evicting a member’s tenant (or subtenant) would require an injunction. Kelly Gl Richardson,, "HOA Homefront: Can we control short-term rentals?," 14 Apr. 2018 In a corner workstation were two subtenants, glassblowers who specialize in brain-meltingly elaborate bongs. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?," 13 Oct. 2017 The Post holds a long-term lease of several floors in the building but has inked deals with several subtenants in recent years. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "City clinches lease deal for Denver Post newsroom and ad offices," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of subtenant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Subtenant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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sub·​ten·​ant | \ ˌsəb-ˈte-nənt How to pronounce subtenant (audio) \

Legal Definition of subtenant

: one who rents property from a tenant of the property

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