tenancy at sufferance – a tenancy arising when a person who has been in lawful possession of property wrongfully remains as a holdover after his or her interest has expired (Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th edition)
A tenancy at sufferance generally exists because the tenant has come into possession lawfully but wrongfully remains in possession. One common way a tenancy at sufferance arises is when someone buys a house with a mortgage, defaults, and then is foreclosed upon. Under this circumstance, the buyer at the foreclosure sale becomes the borrower’s landlord, and the borrower becomes a tenant at sufferance.
Generally speaking, the rules and procedures applicable to dispossessing a tenant at sufferance are the same as for any other tenant. One notable difference, however, is that no notice is required to terminate a tenancy at sufferance (although a demand for possession is still a required condition precedent of a dispossessory action before an eviction can take place).