landlord

noun
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

Synonyms

lessor, letter, renter

Antonyms

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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The committee has recommended ensuring housing stability by making sure immigrant tenants are protected from deportation and by preventing landlords from taking actions based on immigration status. Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "San Diego mayor unveils plan to integrate immigrants," 4 Feb. 2019 The first was the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR), which was designed to give Section 8 housing voucher recipients more choice in where to live, in addition to preventing landlords in low-income areas from price gouging. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Issues with family, roommates, or even landlords may rise to the surface, so be sure to proceed with caution. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's October 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Back in 1999, Dilan voted in favor of exempting landlords from liability for lead paint and exempted schools and public housing from oversight. Katie Halper, Teen Vogue, "Julia Salazar Explains Why She's Running for New York State Senate," 12 Sep. 2018 To compete with companies like WeWork, traditional office landlords are increasingly offering things like furniture, meeting rooms and other amenities that tenants have come to expect. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "WeWork is one lease away from being the biggest office tenant in Manhattan," 23 Aug. 2018 The firm can go from lease-signing to tenancy in four months; old-fashioned landlords take six months to a year. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018 In Colorado, landlords can prohibit their tenants from growing or using marijuana on rental property. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan's marijuana proposal differs from Colorado law," 12 July 2018 Doug Pack and Sam Hansen of Avison Young negotiated the lease for landlord Medistar Corp. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Greenway-area office tower finds anchor tenant," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of landlord

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

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landlord

noun

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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landlord

noun

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

landlord

noun
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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landlord

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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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