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 Some of the same landlord groups challenging the moratorium have also sued over the new rule. Caroline Glenn,, "Federal judge strikes down CDC’s nationwide eviction moratorium," 5 May 2021 Small landlord Sandra Labelle said many people renting properties would need to take rental housing off the market if eviction bans and rent caps continue. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County passes strict eviction ban, rent cap to ease strain on renters during pandemic," 4 May 2021 On the other side of the coin, Martin recounted how one South Euclid landlord agreed to accept a housing voucher, then asked the couple wanting to rent to work on some housing violations. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights enacts protections against housing discrimination based on ‘source of income’," 3 May 2021 Stingh said the agency funded every eligible landlord who applied. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Oregon grants will cover missed rent for nearly 12,000; state opens applications for second round," 29 Apr. 2021 Last June, The Orlando Sentinel’s landlord sued that newspaper for $370,000 in rent, plus interest and legal expenses. Hallie Miller,, "The Baltimore Sun, Tribune Publishing sued by Capital Gazette landlord for more than $570,000," 28 Apr. 2021 UC Berkeley is Berkeley’s largest employer — and one of the largest in the East Bay — and the city’s largest landlord. Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley slams UC Berkeley's long term development plans with fight over housing heating up," 27 Apr. 2021 The moratorium off-ramp must also prevent landlord abuse by rejecting exemptions that undermine tenant protections by allowing landlords to evict tenants unfairly. Owen Duckworth And Ivory Taylor, Star Tribune, "End to eviction ban must not lead to eviction boom," 25 Apr. 2021 While one landlord is taken to court, another is issued only a warning. Cecilia Reyes,, "A Tribune/BGA investigation found at least 61 people have died since 2014 in buildings where city officials knew ahead of time about fire safety problems.," 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of landlord

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

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8 May 2021

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“Landlord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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



Legal Definition of landlord

: the owner of property (as houses, apartments, or land) that is leased or rented to another

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