Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old English law, the act of a feudatory, vassal, or tenant, by which he consented, upon the alienation of an estate, to receive a new lord or superior, and transferred to him his homage and service; the agreement of a tenant to acknowledge as his landlord one who was not originally such, but claimed to have become such.
- n. The consent of a tenant to the transfer of his relationship to his landlord to another person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) The act of a feudatory, vassal, or tenant, by which he consents, upon the alienation of an estate, to receive a new lord or superior, and transfers to him his homage and service; the agreement of a tenant to acknowledge the purchaser of the estate as his landlord.
- Old French atorner ("to turn"), through Middle English. (Wiktionary)
“attornment" clause, completes the picture: It prevents a tenant who has signed a subordination clause from leaving a lease situation post-foreclosure when his lease is wiped out (this comes up when the market has softened and the tenant is only too happy to get out from under an over-market lease).”
“Nor can it make any difference, in breaking this continuity, that the submission and donation, constituting a species of attornment, were to enemies at home rather than to enemies abroad, -- to Jefferson Davis rather than to Louis Napoleon.”
“Their reasoning was that "the devise is quasi  an act of law, which shall inure without attornment, and shall make a sufficient privity, and so it may well be apportioned by this means.”
“Most landlord-drafted leases include only the subordination clause, naturally, and a few include an attornment clause, but none include the pro-tenant nondisturbance clause.”
“An attornment could not be on a con - dition fubfequent, for in fuch cafe the attornment would be good, and the condition void.”
“A corporation aggregate could not at common law make an attornment without deed, neither coyld such at - tornment be on a condition subse - quent.”
“For admitting that the rent and the reverfion be fettled in the grantee, by the attornment of tlie k (Ice, fo as he might'avow for it, although the conufee, who was his grantor, f»Bacjibr. x8. could not; whether he may take advantage of this condition? bccaufe the conufee, who was his grantor, could not, becaufe there was not any attornment made unto him: and the yz.”
Internet Archive: Reports of Sir George Croke, knight. Formerly one of the justices of the courts of Kings-bench, and common-pleas, of such select cases as were adjudged in the said courts [1582-1641]
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