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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
HOTEL. A facility offering transient lodging accommodations to the general public and providing additional services; such as, restaurants and meeting rooms.
MOTEL. An establishment which provides transient accommodations and contains six or more rooms with at least 25% of all rooms having direct access to the outside without the necessity of passing through the main lobby of the building.
OCCUPANCY. The use or possession, or the right to the use or possession of any room or rooms, or portions thereof, in any hotel or motel for dwelling, lodging or sleeping purposes.
OPERATOR. The person who is the proprietor of the hotel or motel, whether in the capacity of owner, lessee, sublessee, mortgagee in possession, licensee or any other capacity. Where the operator performs his functions through a managing agent of any type or character other than an employee, the managing agent shall also be deemed an OPERATOR for the purposes of this chapter and shall have the same duties and liabilities as his principal. Compliance with the provisions of this chapter by either the principal or the managing agent shall, however, be considered to be compliance by both.
RENT. The consideration charged, whether or not received, for the occupancy of space in a hotel or motel valued in money, whether to be received in money, goods, labor or otherwise, including all receipts, cash, credits and property and services of any kind or nature, without any deduction therefrom whatsoever.
TRANSIENT. Any person who exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy by reason of concession, permit, right of access, license or other agreement for a period of 21 consecutive calendar days or less, counting portions of calendar days as full days. Any such person so occupying space in a hotel or motel shall be deemed to be a transient until the period of 21 days has expired unless there is an agreement in writing between the operator and the occupant providing for a longer period of occupancy.
('86 Code, § 5.70.010) (Ord. 3917, passed - - ; Am. Ord. 4040, passed - - )