Definition of landlord in US English:



  • 1A person, especially a man, who rents land, a building, or an apartment to a tenant.

    • ‘In some parts there are basically too many landlords chasing too few tenants, which is pushing down rents.’
    • ‘The mid-terrace unit is held by the current landlord on a long lease with a nominal rent.’
    • ‘Catholic tenant farmers are withholding rents from their Protestant landlords.’
    • ‘They aren't really housemates, just people who happen to rent from the same landlord.’
    • ‘The oversupply of rental property has resulted in landlords cutting rents to attract tenants.’
    • ‘For example, how exactly will landlords and tenants bring disputes before the board?’
    • ‘Special tax breaks are available to landlords who intend renting their property to tourists.’
    • ‘Some land was owned by landlords who rented to cultivators, some was in the hands of owner-operators.’
    • ‘The relationship between landlords and tenants is a recurring theme in Irish history.’
    • ‘Some landlords also use supermarket billboards and cards in newsagent's windows.’
    • ‘Here he witnessed how the Irish were treated not just by the army but also by the landlords who owned the land there.’
    • ‘The goal is to educate tenants about the legal amount their landlord can up their rent.’
    • ‘A lot of landlords are finding it difficult to accept lower rents and one or two have actually sold.’
    • ‘Over 80 percent are kept empty by private landlords, banks and building societies.’
    • ‘With each new tenant, landlords can increase the rent by as much as they like.’
    • ‘It used to be the case that people either got a council house, rented from a private landlord or got a mortgage to buy their home.’
    • ‘The majority of families forced to rent from private landlords will be no better off than before.’
    • ‘Others look to the peasantry to form armed bands which can take land from the big landlords and distribute it to the poor.’
    • ‘In the interim, she decided to set up a company that would unify potential tenants and landlords.’
    • ‘Almost a tenth of all houses in Swindon are occupied by tenants renting from private landlords.’
    publican, licensee, innkeeper, manager, manageress, pub owner, proprietor, landlady
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    1. 1.1 A person who owns or runs a boarding house, inn, or similar establishment.
      • ‘Terry was later landlord of the public house that bore his name at Athgarvan Cross.’
      • ‘A tapas bar landlord in Hull has lost his license because he allowed his clients to drink standing up.’
      • ‘He called for landlords, the drinks industry and hoteliers to work together to ease the passage of the Bill.’
      • ‘Police said the pair waited until the pub was empty before bursting in as the landlord and the barmaid were cashing up.’
      • ‘Croydon Council managed to solve the problem by providing landlords with their licences by the next day.’
      • ‘Christopher Genders, 56, a former pub landlord, is out tending his garden.’
      • ‘A village pub landlord told today how his wife and barman were threatened with knives by armed raiders.’
      • ‘A young woman wept in court as a jury cleared her of causing the death of a former pub landlord.’
      • ‘You'd be better off going to your local pub landlord and starting you own comedy club.’
      • ‘If louts strike at one pub or club, landlords and managers can get onto the phone to the next pub to tell the doormen who to look out for.’
      • ‘It's a far cry from the message that went out last month when licensing officials urged landlords not to rush applications.’
      • ‘There will also be informal ballots organised by individual landlords at hundreds of pubs in Manchester.’
      • ‘Shortly afterwards, Gough punched a drinker, who had to be taken outside by the landlord.’
      • ‘Now the police are keen to extend the scheme to the whole of Craven and will write to landlords and licensees explaining how it works.’
      property owner, proprietor, lessor, letter, householder, freeholder, landowner, landholder, master
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