mesne profits

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Money that a landlord can claim by way of damages from a tenant who continues to occupy property after his tenancy ends, the amount being equivalent to the current market rent of the property. This may be more than the rent that the tenant was paying before the tenancy ended. If the landlord continues to accept the original rent from the tenant at the end of the tenancy, a new tenancy may be created (see periodic tenancy; tenancy at will).

Subjects: Law.

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