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Old 09-20-2019, 02:34 PM
Tired and Cranky is offline
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This is an area where English is just weird. For what it's worth, Garner's Modern American Usage says that in American English, "rent" and "lease" are "both used for what the tenant does and the landlord does." In British English, the landlord leases and the lessor rents, so it's unambiguous.

But, Americans, in my experience, generally resolve this ambiguity by using the term "rent out" for the British "lease" and reserving the unadorned "rent" solely for what the tenant does. Garner implicitly endorses this formulation in Black's Law Dictionary (which he also edits), by defining "let" as "to offer (property) for lease, to rent out." In my experience, landlords all talk about "renting out" a unit. If someone said to me only, "I'm renting a beach house for the summer," or "I rent a place in New York," I'd assume that they were going to be a tenant, not that they were a property owner collecting rent.

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