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A. Hotel” means any building or buildings, trailer or other facility in which the public may, for consideration, obtain sleeping accommodations in which five or more rooms are used for the accommodation of such guests, whether such rooms are in one or several structures. The term shall include hotels, apartment hotels, motels, tourist homes, houses or courts, lodging houses, inns, rooming houses, trailer houses, trailer motels, dormitory space where bed space is rented to individuals or groups, apartments not occupied by “permanent residents,” as that term is hereinafter defined, and all other facilities where rooms or sleeping facilities or space are furnished for a consideration. As defined herein, “hotel” shall not include hospitals, sanitariums or nursing homes.

B. Occupancy” means the use or possession or the right to the use or possession of any room or rooms in a hotel.

C. Occupant” means a person who, for a consideration, uses, possesses or has the right to the use or possession of any room or rooms in a hotel under any lease, concession, permit, right of access, license to use, or other agreement, or otherwise.

D. Operator” means any person operating a hotel, including, but not limited to, the owner, proprietor, lessee, sublessee, mortgagee in possession, licensee, or any other person otherwise operating such hotel.

E. Permanent resident” means any occupant who has or shall have the right of occupancy of any room or rooms in the same hotel for at least thirty (30) consecutive days during the current calendar year or preceding year.

F. Person” means any natural individual, company, partnership, firm, joint venture, association, corporation, estate, trust, political entity or other identifiable entity to which this Act can be applied.

G. Rent” means the consideration received for occupancy valued in money, whether received in money or otherwise, including all receipts, cash, credits and property or services of any kind or nature, and also any amount for which credit is allowed by the operator to the occupant, without any deduction therefrom whatsoever.

H. Return” means any return filed or required to be filed as herein provided.

I. Room” means any room or rooms of any kind in any part or portion of a hotel which is available for, let for the use of, or possessed for the purpose of lodging or sleeping. ONCA 06-10, eff. Sept. 29, 2006.