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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While landlords may be frustrated that their projects are taking longer to complete, the slowdown in new building should help reduce oversupply concerns and could enable owners to raise rents at a faster pace next year. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Apartment Developers Are Slowing Construction. That Could Mean Higher Rents.," 13 Nov. 2018 Smiechowski, who lives in Clairemont, said the city should be permissive on short-term vacation rentals, as long as landlords are held accountable with aggressive code enforcement. David Garrick,, "Council candidates clash on vacation rentals, coastal height limit," 4 May 2018 Alabama's chief advocacy group for low-income families is concerned at legislation sailing through Montgomery could give landlords more freedom to kick out renters. John Sharp,, "'Kicked out of homes'? Worries over Alabama bill favoring landlords is overblown, says sponsor," 14 Mar. 2018 Schultz sees landlords being forced to reduce rents sooner rather than later. Adam Manzor,, "Starbucks Could Get an Edge Over Dunkin’ Donuts With Leases," 5 Mar. 2018 Earlier Tuesday, Toys R Us won Bankruptcy Court approval of a plan to pay landlords up to $1.3 million to extend store leases beyond an April 16 deadline. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield Babies R Us closing as part of nationwide consolidation," 24 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, other residential landlords in East Cleveland still are subject to the $100-per-unit fee, which is due Jan. 15. Marcia Pledger,, "Heinen's in downtown Cleveland is open after sprinkler head burst," 8 Jan. 2018 The Apartment Association of South Eastern Wisconsin, the largest association of landlords in the metropolitan area, did not oppose the ordinance change. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Board votes to end discrimination against tenants with housing assistance vouchers," 21 June 2018 The fate of Proposition C, a ballot measure that would raise taxes on commercial landlords in San Francisco to fund a variety of child care services, remained uncertain on Thursday, two days after voters went to the polls. Dominic Fracassa,, "SF’s Prop. C child-care measure still undecided, but lead has shrunk," 7 June 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 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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