a tenant rents, the landlord...!

Hi there,

A tenant rents a house, then what does the landlord do in this case?


Hi Jraou

In AmE, a tenant can rent a house from someone, or a landlord/owner can rent a house (out) to someone.
Using your specific wording, I might say “a tenant rents, the landlord rents out”.

Thank you Molly; thank you yankee.

So you don’t have the word “let”?

Of course we have the word ‘let’, but it’s not used in terms of renting/leasing in AmE. It’s listed as ‘chiefly British’ in the dictionary.

OK. Thanks.

I’ve encountered the two terms together a couple of times. Is there any reason why they are used this way or has it accidentally happened to me?

rent and lease are almost the same but they are different enough not to use one word. You use rent/lease together to express the general act of renting/leasing (there, I just did it myself).

Here is an example of how I’d use “rent” and “lease” differently:

I might say “I rented a car at the airport” if my use of the car was short-term (e.g. for a week).

I might say “I leased a car” if I planned to use the car on a long-term basis (e.g. a year or longer).

If someone rents a house at the beach for two weeks, they generally have to sign some sort of rental agreement. If someone rents a house long-term, then I think the agreement that is signed is more likely to be referred to as a “lease” (although I wouldn’t rule out the use of the term “rental agreement”).