land·lord | \ ˈland-ˌlȯrd \

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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The apartment was filled with mounds of trash, and the landlord could hear what sounded like an animal’s low whimpers, Grap said. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Emaciated puppy found under pile of trash is fighting for her life," 13 July 2018 The institute’s executive director, Sheng Hong, said the landlord appeared to be acting under pressure from the government authorities. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "In Beijing, Doors Shut on a Bastion of Independent Ideas," 11 July 2018 The landlord sent in an exterminator, but the treatment didn’t take and the infestation got worse. Julia Terruso,, "Why Philly is a particularly bad place to get bedbugs," 5 July 2018 But basically, Flight's owners and the landlord could not agree. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "The 'home of the Fred Burger' turns 40. Have a $5 cheeseburger to celebrate," 4 July 2018 Brian Strauss, the landlord who evicted the Double Door from its longtime home, sold the building at the intersection of Milwaukee and Damen avenues to developer CA Residential for $9.1 million. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "Fyre Fest founder fails, your crappy sleep habits, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 22 June 2018 Miller said the landlord of the property Thomas lists on his candidate filings has signed an affidavit stating that neither Thomas nor his wife is a tenant at her property. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "Democratic attorney calls for investigation of Olathe Republican running for House," 12 June 2018 As the dispute between Ku and his tenants ratcheted up, the landlord’s attorneys sent them a letter in December warning that organizers from the Christian Activities Council and reporters were trespassing on the property. Matthew Ormseth, Courant Community, "These Tenants Took On A Millionaire Absentee Landlord — And Won," 3 June 2018 Mill Avenue Management Group and the landlord reached the agreement to leave after delays and other issues rehabilitating the building at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Boston Street, Hamilton said. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Fire permanently closes Modern Margarita and La Bocca Urban Kitchen in Chandler," 10 May 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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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 \

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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