land·​lord | \ ˈland-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce landlord (audio) \

Definition of landlord

1 : the owner of property (such as land, houses, or apartments) that is leased or rented to another
2 : the master of an inn or lodging house : innkeeper

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Synonyms & Antonyms for landlord


lessor, letter, renter


lessee, lodger, roomer, tenant

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Examples of landlord in a Sentence

agreed to pay the landlord the rent on the first Monday of each month a weekend workshop that is intended to disabuse would-be landlords of a bed-and breakfast that the job is one long vacation

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To protect renters from rent gouging by unscrupulous landlords, another (AB 1482) would place modest limits on excessive rent hikes. Derecka Mehrens, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Cupertino illustrates why California must act to solve housing crisis," 10 July 2019 In March, Facebook reached a settlement with civil rights groups and agreed to make sweeping changes to the ways landlords, employers and lenders buy housing, employment or credit ads. Ariana Tobin, ProPublica, "New York Is Investigating Whether Facebook Lets Advertisers Discriminate," 5 July 2019 If information regarding criminal history is requested by an employer, school or landlord, a person whose cases has been sealed by Clean Slate may respond as if the offense did not occur. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Pennsylvania is sealing 30 million criminal records as part of Clean Slate law," 28 June 2019 But there are periodic reminders of how vulnerable Pose’s characters are to predatory photographers, bigoted landlords, snake-oil salesmen, and even a white megastar who’s appropriating their culture all the way to the top of the charts. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Pose Lets In the Light," 12 June 2019 Scott’s landlord Nafetalai Finau, 71, was sentenced for taking her things, including a television and baby toys. USA TODAY, "Painting over history, saving cats’ claws, angry birds: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 Two PACs associated with the Rent Stabilization Association, which represents landlords, maintained their support of Republicans and gave far less to Democrats. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Real Estate Group Steps Up Donations to New York Democrats," 30 Oct. 2018 More must-read stories from Fortune: —Meet the A.I. landlord that’s building a single-family-home empire —Slack went public without an IPO. Bob Sellers, Fortune, "If the Economy's So Good, Why is GDP So Low?," 27 June 2019 When a tenant breaches their lease, the landlord is left with several choices. Gary Singer,, "Ask a real estate pro: Do I have to pay landlord for leaving rental before lease was up?," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of landlord

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of landlord

What It Is

A landlord is an individual who owns real estate that he or she leases to renters.

How It Works

Landlords may own either residential or commercial properties. They lease the properties to families or companies in return for monthly rent. As the owning party, a landlord's obligations include structural maintenance and repairs as well as property tax payments (typically built into the rent).

For example, suppose Bob owns a three-bedroom apartment that he chooses to lease for rent. A family enters into a lease contract with Bob, the landlord. The family agrees to pay him $1,000 each month for a specific length of time (usually one year) in return for the right to live in the apartment.

Why It Matters

By leasing their properties, landlords can generate cash flow that accompanies the appreciation in their properties' market value.

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English Language Learners Definition of landlord

: a person who owns a house, apartment, etc., and rents it to other people
: a man who runs an inn, pub, or rooming house


land·​lord | \ ˈland-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce landlord (audio) \

Kids Definition of landlord

1 : a person who owns land or houses and rents them to other people
2 : a person who runs an inn or rooming house

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Legal Definition of landlord

: the owner of property (as houses, apartments, or land) that is leased or rented to another

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