to regulate the trespasses of a tenant

< Previous | Next >

Al Capone

Kurdish - Kurdistan
Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Wherefore, on the breaking out of hostilities, it was not worth the while to have disputed a matter, which time would have finally redressed, unless we meant to be in earnest; otherwise, it is like wasting an estate on a suit at law, to regulate the trespasses of a tenant, whose lease is just expiring.

Can you please explain the bold part.

  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    If you own an estate (land and buildings) and you lease it (rent it out) to someone (the tenant), and the tenant does something that contravenes the terms of the lease, you can take them to court (to raise a "suit at law", which we would now call a "law suit") to sue for damages or to evict them.
    Taking such action can be very costly, and if you don't have the funds to pay all the legal bills, you may need to sell your estate. That would be a waste, especially when the lease is is about to come to its end and the tenant would have to leave anyway.
    < Previous | Next >