You would think that by now there would be a clear and simple definition of a landlord, given the job has been around for time immemorial and in modern housing law terms at least since 1925 but nope….this is housing law we are talking about.

The standard dictionary definition is:

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.

Fairly simple and easy to grasp there but when it comes to practice things can and do get messy, a mess that is exploited by criminal landlords and agents to their own advantage, who can be a landlord when it suits them and nothing to do with the property when it doesn’t.


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