Question from non-native English speaker. I am building a website where users would be able to list their property for the long term rent. I need names for both types of users. I know that Tenant can have Landlord and vice versa, but some people considers the word "Landlord" being offensive, so I wanted to use word Host instead.

Question is whether it is correct in English to pair word "tenant" with the word "host" (like the obvious pair of guest/host)

If no, is the pair guest/host good for long term rent?

If no, please suggest some better pairs, without using the word "Landlord"

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    In what context is landlord offensive? Is it offensive in specific regions? If so, you could use homeowner/renter as a pair. As a landlord, I generally use this pair when explaining my relationship to the person renting my house.
    – Dean F.
    Jul 11, 2020 at 17:54
  • For me it is not offensive. Some people are asking this question quora.com/Is-the-term-Landlord-considered-offensive-these-days
    – ToTenMilan
    Jul 12, 2020 at 14:16

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(This is something of a frame challege)

I assume it is because "landlord" is gendered that you think it might be offensive. I think you are being hypersensitive. "Landlord" is the usual term, regardless of gender. See for example "Openrent.co.uk" It uses the terms "tenant" and "landlord".

Airbnb uses "guests" and "hosts" because their model is one of short stay, often with the host staying in the house. That is quite different to your model.

Therefore the proper term to use is "Landlord". This is not considered "offensive".

  • For me its not offensive. For some people it is offensive because they ask this question quora.com/Is-the-term-Landlord-considered-offensive-these-days . Ultimately, if native English speakers do not consider it offensive (at least majority), I'll probably use it
    – ToTenMilan
    Jul 12, 2020 at 14:14
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    That question has three answers: "no it's not offensive", "of course not" and "In Pennsylvania, you must use landlord".
    – James K
    Jul 12, 2020 at 15:57
  • Excuse me, you guys but there is also landlady. In fact. But in many leases landlord is used.
    – Lambie
    Jul 12, 2020 at 17:21
  • lessor [the owner or landlord] and the lessee [the one who gets the apartment], That's contractual language. So not great here.

  • renters and apartment owners/rental agents

The word host does not work here at all.


I don't think 'host and guest' works because a guest does not always pay.

A pair of words describing the two parties can be 'letter and renter'.

Please see Merriam-Webster for

letter: one that rents or leases.

and their entry for

renter: one that rents
specifically: the lessee or tenant of property.


You could also use 'renter' and 'property manager'.

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    A property manager is something different to a landlord. The landlord owns the property. The property manager is paid by the landlord to look after the property. Sometimes landlords will manage their own properties, but not always.
    – James K
    Aug 5, 2020 at 12:23

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