A person who purchases property and rents it out to others for a living. Landlords earn a profit by charging people to live on land that they own.

Landlords are controversial, and encountered renewed controversy in the late 2010s and early 2020s. Their controversy predates these years and even the internet (despite what some claim), however, as exemplified by Mao Zedong's large-scale purging of them. Some argue that landlords provide an invaluable service to society by allowing individuals to live somewhere for a price cheaper than purchasing a property on their own. Renters typically do not have to do large-scale repairs, nor do they pay directly for the bills involved in the day-to-day managing of the property (although their rent goes toward it), however these things are at the discretion of the landlord.

Others argue that landlords do not provide a real service, and simply purchase properties that could be provided to others for a far smaller price or even none at all. Further, they argue, the fact that landlords own property that they usually do not live in only to charge others to live there means that their income relies on "exploiting" those who need shelter.

In this sense, one's opinion on landlords serves as a marker for their view on the function of society at large, principally their view on the economic system in which they currently live (which is usually capitalism).
My landlord increased my rent to account for inflation.
by lazarusinhell June 3, 2023
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Someone who fixes your shit when your shit is fucked.
“Yo Ethan, text the landlord, our shit is fucked.”
by jd031398 September 24, 2018
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A person who makes an honest living by purchasing property and then renting out space to tenants. Usually hated by said tenants because they seem to ignore the fact that the landlord had to pay for the property and is entitled to be reimbursed.
I need to pay rent to the landlord every month.
by MNYC September 9, 2005
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Chad who generously provides shelter to ungrateful rentoids who do nothing but complain, have babies they can't afford, do drugs, depreciate the value of the landchad's god-endowed property, and be late on rent despite all the welfare they get (money the government takes from landchads's hard-earned income)
Rentoid: the landlord of my property is such a jerk
Landlord on the property intercom: I can hear you from the bugs I planted in your apartment. By the way rent is going up $500 next month
by landownersunited March 16, 2022
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That jackass who demands to be paid at the end of the month, even if you have to sell blood and semen to get the money.
My landlord, may he rott in hell, said I should sell my kidneys for rent...
by Tornadoman July 5, 2005
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1) An owner of scummy fungus-, rodent- or insect-infested property which they rent (often for a long period up front) after giving said property a superficial spring-clean and repaint to fool the naive and desperate university student seeking accommodation. Can be recognised by the electric heaters trained on new carpet in said property which the naive tenant falsely believes will warm them through the winter, but are actually to retard mould growth until point of rental and will be removed in secret once they pay up and their backs are turned. Once said infestation manifests, the landlord takes the rental money and the deposit (known to cognoscenti as "bye-bye money"), and disappears to a remote holiday resort, nary to be seen or heard from again. Alternately he may come back for rent in shorter-term instalments, well aware that the law cannot touch him or that he has terrorised the tenant too thoroughly for the latter to test said law. Frequently claims to need to clear out tenants for the purposes of having the residences fitted with all mod cons, then merely has the rooms subdivided into cubicles too small to swing a cat in. The landlord is intimately familiar with (1) all his rights, and (2) the departure times for all flights to Andalucia and the Canaries (or equivalent Stateside). Typically much beloved by students past and present, especially those who managed to get official campus accommodation.

2) Any crook or anti-social parasite with a good PR agency, hitmen to silence "begrudgers" and/or the ability to run fast.
You paid five grand for that place for a year and it started raining through the ceiling? What do you EXPECT when dealing with landlords?

The guy at the till didn't like you in his restaurant, so he spiked your coffee. What a landlord!

GB II is the worst landlord I've ever heard of. When thousands of other young Americans were risking everything in Nam he was looping the loop over Lubbock.
by Donough Macnamara May 17, 2007
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A Great White Shark.

the landlord is a term most commonly used by surfers. He is the landlord of the undersea world... the great white shark.
The landlord decided to pay a visit to the lineup and sent everyone back onto the beach.
by Hendo255 September 24, 2007
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