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As used in this chapter, unless otherwise distinctly expressed, certain terms are defined as follows:
(a) "Person" means an individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, social club, fraternal organization, joint stock company, corporation, estate, trust, business trust, receiver, trustee, syndicate or other group or combination acting as a unit.
(b) "Tax Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Department of Income Tax in the City, or the person executing the duties of such Commissioner.
(c) "Hotel" or "motel" mean every establishment kept, used, maintained, advertised or held out to the public to be a place where sleeping accommodations are offered for a consideration to guests, in which five or more rooms are used for the accommodation of such guests, whether such rooms are in one or several structures.
(d) "Transient guests" means persons occupying a room or rooms for sleeping accommodations for less than thirty consecutive days.
(e) "Rent" means the consideration received for occupancy valued in money, whether received in money or otherwise, including all receipts, cash, credits and property or service of any kind or nature, and also any amount for which the occupant is liable for the occupancy without any deduction therefrom whatsoever.
(f) "Operator" means any person who is the proprietor of the hotel or motel, whether in the capacity of owner, lessee, 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 be deemed an operator for the purpose 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.
(g) "Occupancy" means the use or possession, or the right to the use or possession of any room or rooms or space or portion thereof, in any hotel or motel for dwelling, lodging or sleeping purposes. The use or possession or the right to use or possess any room or any suite of connecting rooms as office space, banquet or private dining rooms, or exhibit, sample or display space shall not be considered occupancy within the meaning of this definition unless the person exercising occupancy uses or possesses, or has the right to use or possess, all or any portion of such room or suite of rooms for dwelling, lodging or sleeping purposes.
(h) "Board of Review" means the Board of Review created and established under the City Income Tax Ordinance.
(Ord. 1, 1983.)