The legal right of a landlord to seize the property of a tenant in the event of nonpayment of rent
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  • Distraint — or distress is the seizure of someone’s property in order to obtain payment of rent or other money owed , especially in common law countries.[1] Distraint is the act or process whereby a person (the distrainor), traditionally even without prior… …   Wikipedia

  • distraint — dis·traint /di strānt/ n: the act or action of distraining Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. distraint I …   Law dictionary

  • Distraint — Dis*traint , n. [OF. destrainte distress, force.] (Law) The act or proceeding of seizing personal property by distress. Abbott. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distraint — The right that a landlord has to seize the property of a tenant on the premises being rented and sell that property for payment of rent arrears. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • distraint — [di strānt′] n. [ME distreint < OFr destreinte] Law the action of distraining; seizure …   English World dictionary

  • distraint — distrain dis‧train [dɪˈstreɪn] verb [transitive] LAW to take goods from someone to be sold in order to pay rent that is owed: • Legislation has largely restricted the right to distrain goods found upon the premises but not belonging to the tenant …   Financial and business terms

  • distraint — noun Etymology: distrain + t (as in constraint) Date: circa 1736 the act or action of distraining …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • distraint — /di straynt /, n. Law. the act of distraining; a distress. [1720 30; DISTRAIN + t, modeled on CONSTRAINT, RESTRAINT] * * * …   Universalium

  • distraint — dis·traint || dɪ streɪnt n. act of taking property in payment for debts …   English contemporary dictionary

  • distraint — [dɪ streɪnt] noun Law the seizure of someone s property in order to obtain payment of rent or other money owed …   English new terms dictionary

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