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Liferent or Life-rent in Scots law is the right to receive for life the benefits of a property or other asset, without the right to dispose of the property or asset. The definition was constructed from the sources.[1][2][3][4][5]


  • If a man held a liferent on arable land with a house, he could, for the rest of his life, live in the house and cultivate the land, keeping the income for himself. He could not transfer the land or house to another person.
  • A liferent might be set by law (as when someone died, it would apply to the surviving spouse); or it might be set as a private arrangement between individuals.


  1. ^ "Scottish Language Dictionaries". Archived from the original on February 20, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2008.
  2. ^ "The Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707". K.M. Brown et al. eds (St Andrews, 2007), 1605/6/39. Retrieved February 15, 2008.
  3. ^ "Dictionary,". Archived from the original on February 3, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2008.
  4. ^ "The Free Dictionary by Farlex". Retrieved March 1, 2008.
  5. ^ Shumaker, Walter A.; George Foster Longsdorf (1922). The Cyclopedic Law Dictionary (Second Edition by James C. Cahill ed.). Chicago: Callaghan and Company.