A ground lease differs from other types of leases. Generally speaking, one may use a ground lease as a tenant to occupy a piece of land and make improvements to it. For example, one person may own the land and another, under a long-term lease of the land, may build a building on the land and own those improvements, Sometimes it may be the only way to gain access to extremely valuable real estate in an excellent location. The owner may be unwilling to sell, or the owner may have received the property by gift or deed (such as a church or university) and be prohibited from selling for some period of time. At the end of the lease term, the improvements become the property of the landowner.