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For buildings of the same name in other Tropico games, see Tenement.

Tenements are buildings in Tropico 3 and Tropico 4. Tenements house the largest number of people possible and their low cost makes them efficient for dealing with overpopulation and shacks. Unfortunately, the quality of the housing is still mediocre at best and the overcrowded buildings transform the surrounding area into a slum, raising the level of crime and lowering beauty. Because of this, it's recommended to build tenements near Police Stations and away from the eyes of any tourists.

With Special Development Aid from the USSR, the construction costs of Tenements can be halved. There is essentially no downside to this, since even with the purchase of the edict - the costs remain the same for the first Tenement (and each one after saves $2000). These can result in major savings making the cost per household equal to a Bunkhouse.

Most islands start off with one or two tenements automatically.


  • Climate Control: Installs air conditioning throughout the building for $1,000 and 2 megawatts of power. These cooling units are highly prized in the Caribbean heat, improving the building's housing quality by +15.

Work Modes

  • Normal Maintenance: Maintains the tenement as best as a building called a "tenement" can be maintained.
  • Roach Patrol: Allows the tenement to fall into an even further state of disrepair, reducing the housing quality by 30% and the monthly upkeep to $7. This is useful for earning a profit from tenements full of citizens unable to afford more than $1 a month for rent.


  • The Tenement is based on the Eastern European panel tenements from the communist era.
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