What is an estate of sufferance?

An estate at sufferance is a(n)

  1.  freehold estate
  2.  less than freehold
  3.  estate at will
  4.  an unlawful detainer

The answer is B – a less than freehold estate is also a leasehold estate.  Remember that a freehold estate refers to the interest that a person or people have in the ownership of real estate.   The key word here is ownership.

With leasehold estates, the interest in real estate is from a tenant or lessee perspective.  This means that there is no real interest in the ownership of the real estate – just the use of that real estate as a lessee or tenant.