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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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 The city's efforts were delayed by numerous legal maneuvers by Rashaed and Halbrooks, who as an assistant city attorney prosecuted 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 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

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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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