I would describe him as being a smug, mealy-mouthed, ostentatious, gaudy, self-serving, self-satisfied ninny or boob.
Now, if you'd rather not use the word prat in company, I suggest refining the above to :
I had such an ostentatious and smug landlord. ;-) hehehe
- excessively self-satisfied or complacent
avoiding the use of direct and plain language, as from timidity,
excessive delicacy, or hypocrisy; inclined to mince words; insincere,
devious, or compromising.
characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an
attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser.
- brilliantly or excessively showy: gaudy plumage.
- cheaply showy in a tasteless way; flashy.
- ostentatiously ornamented; garish.
self-satisfied - marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction; "a smug glow of self-congratulation"
smug, complacent, proud of yourself, well-pleased, puffed up,
self-congratulatory, flushed with success, pleased with yourself, like
a cat that has swallowed the canary, too big for your boots or
breeches You're so bloody self-satisfied.
- preoccupied with one's own interests, often disregarding the truth or
the interests, well-being, etc., of others.
- serving to further one's own selfish interests.
British . a blunder; mistake.
I hope my infused humor is appreciated
A pretentious prat
A person characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or undeserved; who is an incompetent, ineffectual, arse.
I won't list all the synonyms, but suffice to say, it is a word I use frequently, particularly prefaced with pretentious; and has the dual meaning of arse.
I live in a 'well-to-do' area and the number of 'would-bes-if-they-could-bes' clambering to get their children into the local schools and putting on airs and graces to gain what they believe to be acceptance. Dealing also with the 'nouveau riche' with an underlying insecurity and self doubt. Basically these people confuse the 'money with the man' so to speak. Did you like my flood of cliches?? So imagine Basil Fawlty times 1000.. :-/
slang an incompetent or ineffectual person: often used as a term of abuse
1British an incompetent or stupid person; an idiot.
2a person’s buttocks.
: a stupid or foolish person
NB I could not find a decent link for "confuse the money with the man" any finders??
I am offering this insight into my own experience so, when I comment, people will understand, I am not being mean spirited, but commenting out of my experience with these matters.
I am Australian and have always lived in the well-to-do areas (that is all I will elaborate). I have rubbed shoulders with all sorts in all directions and can hold my own in any social class.
I married an English man, who's mother (yes, my mother in law) was extremely pretentious and in the most egregious manner.
Where I live, some people pride themselves on being snobs. It is a, relatively neutral term. It sounds crass when people take pride in it. I for one, know, that I am a snob, but spend most of my life trying to hide this and not be like this. (the first is easier than the latter). I mean even making that statement is just, wrong,...
I have downvoted the answers with terms that the likes of, my mother-in-law and your landlord, in question are likely to use.
Prig, Priggish, plebian or pleb, supercilious, vainglorious, poseur and parvenu (and, yes, ostentatious).
These are the sort of words the pretentious use (trust me, I spent my life avoiding them).
When describing someone, as you require, to do so effectively, entails, not using a description that reflects the same status upon the speaker!! Makes sense??
I personally don't use snot, or snoot, but have English friends who would look at this man, wrinkle their noses and use these words, aptly. I, personally, like prat and it is socially acceptable. To me it sums up any man who puffs himself up, and man, I'm surrounded by them.
This is within the context of a culture which shuns self-promotion. An example of the Australian attitudes of the ostentatious :-)