Legal Definition and Related Resources of Attornment

Meaning of Attornment

The agreement between the new owners of reversion or fee and the tenant of the old owner that the tenant will continue to hold the leasehold and pay the rents to the new owner. The term has its origin in feudal English law. In recent times, the term has been loosely used to refer to the demand of a new owner for rents made on the tenant, which demand is generally accompanied by a direction from the previous owner to the tenant requiring him to pay all future rents to the new owner.

Attornment Alternative Definition

See “Attorn.”

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English Legal System: Attornment

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Attornment :

1. An act by a bailee (See bailment) in possession of goods on behalf of one person acknowledging that he will hold the goods on behalf of someone else. The attornment notionally transfers possession to the other person (constructive possession) and can thus be a delivery of goods sold.

2. (largely historical) A person’s agreement to hold land as the tenant of someone else. Some mortgages provide that the owner of the land attorns tenant of the mortgagee for a period of years that will be terminated when the debt is repaid.


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See Also

  • Constitutum Possessorium
  • Traditio Brevi Manu
  • Landlord
  • Tenant
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