Absentee landlord

a landlord who owns but is not resident in a property.
Historical Examples

It is supplied by a corporation magnate removed from his audience in location, fortune, interest, and mood: an absentee landlord.
The Art Of The Moving Picture Vachel Lindsay

The evils of the absentee landlord are not confined to Ireland.
The Leaven in a Great City Lillian William Betts

The Roman gentleman may be regarded as an “absentee landlord,” giving this advice to his agent.
Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII Various

Having large possessions in Utopia, he lives the care-free life of an absentee landlord.
By the Christmas Fire Samuel McChord Crothers

In Ireland, the absentee landlord is bitterly reproached for not administering his estate in person.
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13 Elbert Hubbard

Clearly this, again, is not a case of the absentee landlord draining the lifeblood of the land to lavish it upon an alien soil!
Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (1 of 2) (1888) William Henry Hurlbert

An absentee landlord, be he ever so good, must delegate his power to an agent.
The Land-War In Ireland (1870) James Godkin

He promptly went to Milwaukee and secured five minutes of the time and attention of the absentee landlord.
The Evolution of the Country Community Warren H. Wilson

Of these latter a number came from Sicily, the island of the absentee landlord, where peasants die of hunger.
A Ten Year War Jacob A. Riis

An absentee landlord, wearing a coronet and loafing at the Court of Royalty, needs more money for his games.
The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon

a landlord who does not live in or near a property from which he draws an income

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