oc·cu·pan·cy /'ä-kyə-pən-sē/ n pl -cies
1: the fact or condition of holding, possessing, or residing in or on something
occupancy of the premises
2: the act or fact of taking or having possession (as of abandoned property) to acquire ownership
3: the fact or condition of being occupied
occupancy by more than 400 persons is unlawful
4: the use to which a property is put
designed for industrial occupancy

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun actual possession, control, dominion, enjoyment, habitation, holding, inhabitancy, occupation, ownership, possessio, possession, proprietorship, residence, retention, temporary possession, tenure associated concepts: certificate of occupancy, continuous occupancy, illegal occupancy, partial occupancy, physical occupancy, principal occupation, residency laws, right of occupancy II index enjoyment (use), habitation (act of inhabiting), inhabitation (act of dwelling in), occupation (possession), ownership, possession (ownership), seisin, tenancy, tenure

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Occupying or taking possession of a property with title to it.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Living in or using premises or property as a tenant or owner; includes someone who lives in or uses abandoned property with the intention of acquiring ownership.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Renters' & Tenants' Rights
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Selling a House

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 The condition or act of possessing or living in a dwelling or on some property.
2 The period of time during which one rents, owns, or in some way possesses property.
3 Having actual possession of a place that has no owner so as to acquire legal rights to ownership.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Gaining or having physical possession of real property subject to, or in the absence of, legal right or title.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Gaining or having physical possession of real property subject to, or in the absence of, legal right or title.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) living in or using premises, as a tenant or owner.
   2) taking possession of real property or a thing which has no known owner, with the intention of gaining ownership.
   See also: occupant

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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