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 For instance, the Brooklyn landlord of his daughter, an aspiring actress, just forgave her three months’ rent. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Opera al fresco: How a Seattle singer shares his gift during COVID-19," 25 May 2020 Jon Zemke is a landlord in Detroit who has improvised a kind of social safety net for his out-of-work tenants. Samantha Guff, CNN, "The US already had a housing crisis. Covid-19 has only made it worse," 20 May 2020 Also, document any communications with the landlord. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Lost your job or is money tight because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are financial tips," 14 May 2020 After that call, McNulty-Brown knew the firm, which had 21 employees, was going have to do something more radical than slashing costs or begging the landlord for a breather on rent. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "A luxury leather company is using a post-apocalypse art thesis to survive the pandemic," 8 May 2020 Bedrock is downtown Detroit's biggest landlord (and the Detroit Free Press is among its tenants). Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit skyline to light up in red, white and blue to salute essential workers," 3 Apr. 2020 Simon and Brookfield are Forever 21’s biggest landlords., "CVS cuts three directors, including former Aetna chief," 3 Feb. 2020 Perhaps too steadily: A year in, the landlord told her the crowds and after-parties were attracting police attention and had to stop. San Francisco Chronicle, "Wrestler Drugz Bunny prepares to enter the ring during a Hoodslam event at Oakland Metro Operahouse in Oakland.," 18 Jan. 2020 The $25 million project included the Jakubowskis’ purchase of the 113,000-square-foot Jeffery Plaza shopping center, and the new landlords are working on bringing in new tenants. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Goodbye, food desert. Hello, Local Market. South Shore finally gets grocery store six years after Dominick’s closed.," 10 Dec. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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