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1. Concept and evolution

Rental or hire (German Miete) is understood today as the transfer of the use of a movable or immovable asset in exchange for the payment of rent. Such a transfer without monetary exchange is called a loan for use (commodatum). The time-limited transfer of immovable assets in exchange for rent payments developed (especially in urban contexts) as a distinct contractual form in the late Middle Ages in Europe, out of a precursor, called in German Erbleihe, a form of tenur…

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Löhnig, Martin, “Rent”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024065>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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