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For the purpose of this subchapter, whenever any of the following words, terms or definitions are used herein they shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section:
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS. A room or rooms in any building or structure located in the city and kept, used or maintained as or advertised or held out to the public to be an inn, hotel, motel, lodging house, bed and breakfast establishment or where sleeping, rooming, conference or exhibition accommodations are furnished for lease or rent whether with or without meals. The terms HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS shall not include (i) an accommodation which a person occupies or has a right to occupy as his domicile and permanent residence; (ii) any temporary accommodation provided in any building or structure owned or operated directly or indirectly, by or on behalf of a not-for-profit medical institution, hospital, or allied educational institution.
OPERATOR. Any person who has the right to rent or lease hotel accommodations to the public for consideration or who, directly or indirectly receives or collects the price, charge or rent paid for the rental or lease of hotel accommodations. This term includes, but is not limited to, persons engaged in the business of selling or reselling to the public the right to occupy hotel accommodations, whether on-line, in person or otherwise. The term also includes persons engaged in the business of facilitating the rental or lease of hotel accommodations for consideration, whether on-line, in person or otherwise.
PERSON. Any natural person, trustee, court appointed representative, syndicate, association, partnership, firm, club, company, corporation, business trust, institution, agency, government corporation, municipal corporation, district or other political subdivision, contractor, supplier, vendor, vendee, operator, user or owner, or any officers, agents, employees or other representative, acting either for himself or for any other person in any capacity, or any other entity recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties. The masculine, feminine, singular or plural is included in any circumstance.
(1999 Code, § 35.35) (Ord. 1824, passed 4-3-1996; Ord. 3966, passed 11-21-2016)