I am a bit confused about the meaning of these three words. Can someone explain to me the usage of these three words and their meaning? i.e. If I am renting a car to someone then who am I and who takes a car on rent?

I found in google search that people are using same meaning for renter and tenant.

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    Have you tried to look up a dictionary? – user140086 Nov 3 '15 at 7:48
  • @Rathony i tried in google but i found different meanings for same words. I want to know exact meaning of these three words. – rajesh Nov 3 '15 at 7:49
  • Please inlcude what you found in the question so that this question won't be closed. – user140086 Nov 3 '15 at 7:50
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    Possible duplicate of Can "rentee" be used to refer to one who rents an item? – Hot Licks Nov 3 '15 at 12:18
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    @HotLicks Your comment appears to be primarily about renting a building or land. The example in the Q. is about renting a car. And which responses do you consider to be "based on British usage"? What difference is there between US & UK usage? Op's name could suggest Asian usage? – TrevorD Dec 31 '16 at 13:34

Renter 1

  1. One that receives payment in exchange for the use of one's property by another.
  2. One that pays rent for the use of another's property; a tenant.

Tenant 2

  1. One that pays rent to use or occupy land, a building, or other property owned by another.
  2. A dweller in a place; an occupant.

Rentee already has an answer here: Can "rentee" be used to refer to one who rents an item?

Rentee doesn't apply unless what's being rented is a person, in which case the rentee is the person (slave) being rented.

The difference: a tenant or a rentee will never be the owner receiving payment for use. A renter might be.

The two different meanings of the word renter can usually be distinguished with the words to and from:

  • If I rent something to you, I get paid and you get to use it.
  • If I rent something from you, I get to use it and you get paid.

A renter is a person who pays rent in other to use something that to belongs to someone else be it a house, room or even a car. But a tenant can be a renter, free occupier or a caretaker of someone's property eg. House, Room etc.

  • renter

    someone who have some building for rent, e.g. landlord

  • tenant

    someone who pays the rent for the place they live in(pays money to landlord)

  • rentee

    eh, I have no idea about this word :)

[Note: Both two words renter and tenant are most used for building, flat, etc.]

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    The meaning you give for renter is possible, but unlikely. Until I read what you had written it never occurred to me (native English speaker) that that was a possible meaning of renter: I would always assume it meant the tenant unless the context strongly overturned that assumption. – Colin Fine Nov 3 '15 at 10:04
  • In the US "renter" is taken to mean the person who pays rent to occupy the space. "Landlord" is the person who owns the property and is paid the rent. – Hot Licks Nov 1 '16 at 11:20
  • Lawyers and most leases in the UK (not sure about Scotland) use the words 'leasor' and 'leasee' for the landlord and tenant respectively. Never come across 'renter' in leases. Have only encountered this word in car rental agreements. – Peter Point Dec 1 '16 at 12:50

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