Whether a contract is a lease or a license is not to be determined from the language that the parties choose to call it but from the legal effect of its provisions
Cook v. University Plaza
Plaintiffs were students in defendant's dormitory. The individual contracts require a $50 security deposit. Plaintiffs filed a class-action suit based on a statute about payment of interest on security deposits to a tenant.
Trial court dismissed due because statute was inapplicable because no tenant-landlond relationship was created by the contracts.
Did plaintiffs and defendant enter into a license or a lease?
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The contract said that it was a license, not a lease.
The students could be moved between rooms at defendant's will.
The contract did not intend to enter into a landlord-tenant relationship, and they did not. Affirmed.