Landlord Law and Legal Definition

A landlord is a person who owns or holds real property and leases it to others. In common law it is the feudal lord who retained the fee of the land.

Many state laws will define the term "landlord" in the section of the state code dealing with landlord-tenant issues. For example, according to the South Carolina Residential Landlord And Tenant Act "Landlord" shall be construed to include the owner or person in possession or entitled to possession of the real estate used or occupied by the tenant as well as the employer of farm laborers and domestic servants. S.C. Code Ann. § 27-33-10