slum·​lord | \ ˈsləm-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce slumlord (audio) \

Definition of slumlord

: a landlord who receives unusually large profits from substandard, poorly maintained properties

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Rashaed and the city have long been at odds, as the slumlord has at times failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in delinquent property taxes and fines for building code violations. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notorious landlord heard on secret recording telling tenant to withhold rent from court-appointed manager," 15 May 2018 The Journal Sentinel profiled Rashaed's empire in 2016 as part of an ongoing investigation of slumlords and problem landlords. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Court-appointed manager urges judge to fine or jail notorious landlord Rashaed for contempt," 13 Apr. 2018 Require inspections of rental units to address unhealthy housing, rather than relying on tenants to complain and face possible eviction by slumlords. Katherine Sayre,, "Cantrell should increase short-term rental tax, focus on affordable housing, committee says," 4 May 2018 The Rashaed operation, which includes more than 50 LLCs, was profiled in 2016 as part of an ongoing Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation of landlords and slumlords. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notorious landlord pressures tenant to buy rental house; calls deal a 'blessing from God'," 28 Mar. 2018 Bannon bashed his enemy, Trump’s son-in-law and nationwide slumlord Jared Kushner. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Steve Bannon Subpoenaed in Russian Investigation, but Will He Snitch?," 16 Jan. 2018 Despite having to close a $4 billion budget deficit, Democrats packed in billions of new spending including $118 million for free in-state public college tuition and $250 million for the New York City Housing Authority’s slumlords. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cuomo’s de Blasio Budget," 5 Apr. 2018 Rashaed is the second major Milwaukee slumlord to lose control of his properties since 2016. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notorious landlord pressures tenant to buy rental house; calls deal a 'blessing from God'," 28 Mar. 2018 Arrow defends the people, Lantern sides with the slumlord. Michael Sangiacomo,, "Black characters get their due in modern comics (photos)," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of slumlord

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slumlord

slum entry 1 + landlord

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English Language Learners Definition of slumlord

chiefly US, disapproving : a person who owns a building with apartments that are in bad condition and rents them to poor people

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