sub·​ten·​ant ˌsəb-ˈte-nənt How to pronounce subtenant (audio)
: one who rents from a tenant

Examples of subtenant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In February 2020, inspectors noted multiple subtenants, wooden pallets and washing machines. Christopher Weber, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2024 In a complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court, lawyers for Murkelley LLC accused Mission Housing Development Corporation of leaving 5524 Mission Street while its subtenants were still living in the building. Jordan Parker, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2023 Gregory Marconi, Rob Stillwell of Newmark Knight Frank represented the subtenant. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, 12 June 2020 Ryan Dierker of Newcor Commercial Real Estate represented the subtenant. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, 14 Feb. 2020 The Chronicle has learned that the ride-hailing company is seeking subtenants for a total of 729,352 square feet across four buildings: 71 Stevenson St., 555 Market St., 685 Market St. and its current 1455 Market St. headquarters. Roland Li,, 25 Oct. 2019 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,, 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, 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, 18 Sep. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subtenant was in the 15th century

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“Subtenant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


sub·​ten·​ant ˌsəb-ˈte-nənt How to pronounce subtenant (audio)
: one who rents property from a tenant of the property

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