erfpacht, noun

Forms:
Also erfpag.
Origin:
DutchShow more Dutch, ‘hereditary tenure, long lease’, erf tenure, inheritance + pacht lease.
obs. except in historical contexts, Law
quitrent sense 2 a. Also attributive.
1809 Lord Caledon in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1900) VII. 184The Erfpacht or Quitrent. To hold under this tenure it is requisite that the land should be surveyed when the possessor receives a Title deed upon a 10 dollar Stamp and is subject to the Yearly rent of from 4 to 8 skillings per Morgen.
1928 E.A. Walker Hist. of S. Afr. 96It doubled the rents of the loan farms and offered small farms adjoining them on erfpacht — that is, lease for fifteen years at a low rental with the promise of compensation for improvements on resumption.
1936 C. Birkby Thirstland Treks 213A Nel of the old days was granted 54,000 morgen of arid land along the river on the erfpag system devised by the Cape colonial government, and now his sons have developed still further the fine farm he made of it.
1945 G. Wille Principles of S. Afr. Law 197Quitrent is in all respects identical with the erfpacht or emphytensis of the Roman-Dutch law...Erfpacht..was a right to the use and enjoyment of another person’s land subject to the payment of a yearly canon or vectigal.
1974 Davenport & Hunt Right to Land 4The Field Cornet begins..by laying down a middle point, and investigates whether, from this middlepoint, it is possible to cross the veld for half an hour in all directions without violating the Eigendoms-, Erfpacht-, or Leenrecht of surrounding farms, nor any Government Land.
1984 R.C. Fisher in Martin & Friedlaender Hist. of Surveying & Land Tenure I. 79In Roman-Dutch law erfpacht or quitrent tenure was a grant of land for an indefinite or limited period subject to the payment of an annual rent.
quitrent2 a. Also attributive.
Derivatives:
Hence erfpachter noun, one who holds land on erfpacht.
1945 G. Wille Principles of S. Afr. Law 197Erfpacht was a kind of perpetual tenure of land and approached very near to dominium though the erfpachter or emphytenta was not entitled to take the minerals from the land.

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