Access to secure land tenure and security from evictions underpin sustainable social and economic development. Communities with security of tenure invest in and prosper from the land that they live on. Secure land tenure and property rights can be derived through various means such as formal titles (title deeds). Security can also be achieved through long-term rental contracts or by the formal recognition of customary rights and informal settlements. These different forms of land tenure security have become internationally recognized as lying along a continuum of tenure  security and that they provide different sets of rights and degrees of security and responsibility.