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Being a licensee and being a tenant will depend on a variety of factors.
A licensee will generally have permission for a short time. But if they go on too long (espcially over 2 years) then a court may construe that the licensee is in fact a tenant. A licensee would usually not have the same rights as a tenant but would have more flexibility to vacate a property and could be remove easier.
Licensees and tenants are usually used in commercial property. In residential properties, licences are generally tenancies due to the Housing Act 1988.
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