In many real estate systems, such as the traditional ejido system in Mexico, individuals or groups can only acquire the usufruit of the property, not legal property.  Usufruit must be directly equated with a common law of life, except that a usufruit may be granted for a shorter lifespan than the life of the holder (but only life). Old examples of usufruit can be found in the code of Hammurabi and in the law of Moses. The law of Moses invited the owners not to harvest the edges of their fields and reserved the mockers for the poor.  While Georgia does not share Louisiana`s civil law history, the Georgia General Assembly has created statutory usufruit laws.  In Georgia, usufruit is “rights or privileges that generally arise from landlord and tenant relationships and are granted to tenants who, for years, are less interested in real estate than real estate.”  Under Georgian law, if a landowner grants a lease for less than five years, the lease is a usufruit and the landowner retains the property.  In addition, the Georgian courts consider that any relationship between a landowner and a tenant is usufruitative if the restrictions are “so widespread that they have been fundamentally incompatible for years with the concept of succession,” or if the landowner retains “control and control” of the operation operating on the land.  In general, a usufruit is a system in which one person or group of people uses the property (often of the land) of another. The Usufructuary does not own the property, but has an interest in doing so, which is sanctioned or authorized by the owner. There are two different usufruit systems: perfect and imperfect.
In a perfect usufruit, the usufruit is allowed to use the property, but cannot change it significantly. For example, a small business owner may become ill and give a person the right to use usufruit to run his or her business. The usufruit therefore has the right to operate the business and to make revenue from it, but it has no right, for example, to demolish and replace or sell the business.  The imperfect usufruit system gives the usufruit some opportunity to modify the property. If, for example, a landowner grants land to a usufruit for farming, usufruit may have the right not only to grow grain in the countryside, but also to make improvements that would help agriculture. B, for example the construction of a barn. But this can be detrimental to the usufruitier: when a usufruit makes material improvements to their usufruit, such as a building or building-attached devices or other solid structures, they do not have the improvements and any money spent on these improvements would belong to the original owner at the end of the usufruit.   [Additional quotations needed] Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1789 that “the earth – in usufruit – is among the living.” Jefferson`s metaphor means that man, like a usufruitier, has the right to use the Earth for his own benefit and to profit from it.