A Landlord refers to a house or commercial building or land owner who has rented or leased the land, the house or commercial building or land to another person.

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One that owns and rents land, buildings, or dwelling units.

A man who runs a rooming house or an inn; an innkeeper.

Duhaime Legal Dictionary

A land or building owner who has leased the land, the building or a part of the land or building, to another person, the tenant.

Histiorically, lord of the land or lord of the soil, a description no longer accurate but instead in reference to the owner of premises which are subject to a lease.

Lect Law Library

LANDLORD - An owner of real property who leases (rents) that property to a tenant under a lease agreement. He is bound to perform certain duties and is entitled to certain rights.

His obligations are:

1. To perform all the express cove nants into which he has entered in making the lease;

2. To secure to the tenant the quiet enjoyment of the premises leased; but a tenant for years has no remedy against his landlord, if he be ousted by one who has no title, in that case the law leaves him to his remedy against the wrong doer. But the implied covenant for quiet enjoyment may be qualified and enlarged or narrowed according to the particular agreement of the parties and a general covenant for quiet enjoyment does not extend to wrongful evictions or disturbances by a stranger;

3. The landlord is bound by his express covenant to repair the premises, but unless he bind himself by express covenant the tenant cannot compel him to repair.

Merriam Webster

1 : the owner of property (as land, houses, or apartments) that is leased or rented to another

2 : the master of an inn or lodging house : innkeeper

The Free (Legal) Dictionary

A lessor of real property; the owner or possessor of an estate in land or a rental property, who, in an exchange for rent, leases it to another individual known as the tenant.


Landlord is the owner of a house, apartment, condominium, or real estate which is rented or leased to an individual or business, who is called a tenant (also a lessee or renter). When a juristic person is in this position the term landlord is used. Other terms include lessor and owner. The term landlady may be used in some jurisdictions for female owners, but landlord can apply to both genders.