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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Prosecutors say Nebergall, an 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, encountered the woman while investigating her apparent dispute with a landlord early on the morning of July 21, 2016. Marc Freeman,, "Trial to open for deputy accused of sexual battery attempt," 10 July 2018 Monroe sheriff's deputies were called to a home at 46 Ninth Ave. on Stock Island at about 3 p.m. May 18 for a landlord and tenant dispute. Gwen Filosa, miamiherald, "Why did he have cocaine? He said he was protecting the neighborhood kids | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 After all, most landlords and utility companies aren't accepting Bitcoin to pay the bills. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Bitcoin ATMs showing up in odd spots across metro Detroit," 28 June 2018 There’s hOM, which sells an amenity package to both residential and office landlords and counts Brookfield and Silverstein among its customers. David M Levitt,, "In Landlord Wars, Giants Woo Office Tenants With Worker Perks," 5 Mar. 2018 This bill will streamline the eviction process, reduce bottlenecks that affect and hurt both landlords and tenants. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Forget to renew your driver’s license? This lawmaker wants to spare you jail time," 13 Feb. 2018 NAI Mobile represented the landlord and handles property management for the building, according to Tommy Gleason of NAI Mobile. Kathy Jumper,, "Subdivisions and a new restaurant on the way," 11 Feb. 2018 Like many other states, Mississippi already has laws that allow employers and landlords to deny LGBT people, so having this law overturned would have been a first step in combatting the state's open discrimination. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "The Supreme Court Just Made ANOTHER Anti-LGBT Decision," 8 Jan. 2018 The proration of your rent is between the old landlord and the new one. Gary M. Singer,, "Ask a real estate pro's Gary Singer answers your rental-related questions," 13 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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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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