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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Recent Examples on the Web But as Max points out in his summation, Dalton also made those millions as a slumlord, charging black people more and refusing to rent to them beyond their segregated enclave. Gary Younge, The New York Review of Books, "The Bleak Resonance of ‘Native Son’," 1 Oct. 2020 For decades, out-of-state property investors and slumlords have been able to hide their identities behind LLCs in particular, and shirk responsibility for problems at their rentals. Rebecca Lurye,, "Slumlords, housing profiteers have nowhere to hide under Hartford’s new rental licensing program," 31 Oct. 2019 There’s the notorious advertisement labeling primary opponent Scott Wagner a deadbeat dad and a slumlord. Julian Routh,, "Paul Mango, GOP candidate for Pa. governor, runs to the right," 7 May 2018 Perhaps one day, over a cup of tea at your kitchen table, one of them told you about her harrowing journey across the ocean from a poor country far away to find refuge in a cramped, barely furnished apartment in Chicago, owned by a slumlord. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: If you live in a diverse city like Chicago, you probably know someone who is here illegally and you’re on their side," 24 Sep. 2019 On his return to Hartford, Kessler convened a meeting with clergy and slumlords from the North End of Hartford to demand better housing conditions. Anne M. Hamilton,, "Extraordinary Life: Rabbi Stanley Kessler led Temple Beth El for decades, but Hartford was his community," 16 June 2019 Some investors say the scheme turned them into unwitting slumlords. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris leaves country amid fraud allegations," 12 July 2019 Donald Trump, the slumlord turned reality television reject currently occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "White Supremacist In-Chief Refuses To Apologize To Exonerated Five," 18 June 2019 To that, there is also the death of the city to consider — the old, shabby, affordable New York being divvied and jacked up by rapacious owners, with Patti LuPone guest-starring as a racist, transphobic slumlord, in the key of Leona Helmsley. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "‘Pose’ returns, upgrading its ‘realness’ without sacrificing its glimmer or grit," 11 June 2019

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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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15 Oct 2020

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“Slumlord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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