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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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
Recent Examples on the Web In Australia, a Malaysian student of Chinese heritage was evicted from her home due to her landlord’s fears about the virus. Charlie Campbell / Krabi, Time, "'It Will Be Catastrophic.' Asia's Tourism-Dependent Economies Are Being Hit Hard by the Coronavirus," 13 Feb. 2020 Coteat was late on his rent, so a magistrate had granted his landlord’s request for an eviction, court records show. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron man died of self-inflicted gunshot during SWAT standoff, medical examiner says," 12 Feb. 2020 By June her landlords had turned her family out of their home and her brokerage out of its office. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "The Scandalous and Pioneering Victoria Woodhull," 8 Feb. 2020 Unlike those living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities in Kentucky, residents of independent living communities generally don't have many additional protections beyond a standard landlord-tenant relationship. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "89-year-old faced eviction from Kentucky independent living home. What rights does she have?," 7 Feb. 2020 The attorneys’ plan was to inject more publicity into the case and paint a sympathetic portrait of starving artists who were failed by their landlord, fire inspectors and bureaucrats. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "Life after Ghost Ship," 7 Feb. 2020 Nearly three weeks ago, owner Nakkiya Groomes arrived at her bar to find the locks changed without notice from her landlord Joe Van Zandt. Segann March,, "Saint Bernard PD: Community made several complaints, calls before GG's Bar and Grill abruptly closed," 28 Jan. 2020 At least some rental contracts give tenants the power to impel their landlord to install window guards against theft. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Patreon Can't Solve Its Porn Pirate Problem," 24 Jan. 2020 Outstanding Contributions by a Corporation or Business Group Award Michael Link, a landlord, has been the president of the Kaul Avenue Neighborhood Development Organization, or KANDO, for 15 years. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eleven recipients were celebrated at the 71st Annual Crime Prevention Awards. Here are the winners and their stories.," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of landlord

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

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25 Feb 2020

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“Landlord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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