"You own a street and a block of flats
You earn your living like the other rats
You've no morality, what do you care?
You deal in poverty, you buy despair"
The Police, "Landlord"

In a series dealing with a character staying in apartment-style housing, a landlord is a common sight. The job description entails what one would expect: The upkeep of the building and grounds. However, while landlords are a diverse bunch visually, there is one hard and fast rule: Make them entertaining, or at the very least, intriguing.

The manager works as a logical and predictable Drop-In Character, while their apartment setting can house a slightly more realistic version of Pretty Freeloaders who, naturally, constantly visit the put-upon lead.

Can crossover with Almighty Janitor. If ghosts or monsters are involved, they're usually also a Haunted House Historian.

In terms of rank, the authority tropes arguably equal are Badass Preacher, Corrupt Corporate Executive, Good Shepherd, Irish Priest, Preacher Man, Pedophile Priest, Schoolteachers, Sexy Priest, Sinister Minister and The Vicar. For the next step down, see Student Council President. For the next step up, see Dean Bitterman.


Anime and Manga


  • Mrs Hudson, landlady of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Only a minor character in the books, but many adaptations give her a bit more to do.

Live-Action TV

  • A rather shady one in Duran Duran's "Sin Of The City" from The Wedding Album is mentioned as having "six thousand code violations," since the rest of the song references the Happyland fire.

Tabletop Games
  • In the HERO system (Champions), characters can purchase a base with Character Points. For every 5 points you spend, the size of your base doubles. It's possible, without too much effort, to buy a base with grounds that cover the known universe. ("The Landlord bought it. He owns everything. And for another 170 points, you can buy 8 billion loyal followers (that's everyone on Earth).")

  • Gary Coleman (yes, that one) in Avenue Q.
  • Benny from RENT.
  • Mr. Appopolous in Wonderful Town.

Video Games
  • It's said that Mario got his name from Mario Segali, the landlord at Nintendo of America.
  • In The Sims 2, if your Sims have an apartment, they get a landlord who visits every day.
    • They can also call the landlord to have things in their apartment repaired. He or she actually shows up faster than the repair service for Sims living in houses does.

Web Comics
  • Vladic from the webcomic Emergency Exit. Who, curiously, is implied to have been summoned by the apartment rather than being the owner proper; to start with, there was no landlord, but someone commented on this deficiency and the maybe-sentient apartment complex obliged.
  • The main characters from Absurd Notions eventually had Dr Ümlaut, the least caring professor ever, assigned as their landlord. He was also the least caring Landlord ever, not caring what the tenants did with their apartment.
  • Richard in S.S.D.D is one of the few examples who is a main character. He's pretty light on his friends Norman and Kingston, often allowing them to pay their rent in the form of favors or pot, and his girlfriend Anne. But it's been shown that he often has to threaten his other tenants (usually with Norm acting as his muscle)

Alternative Title(s):

The Kanrinin, Landlady