For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
A. Person in control: an employee or owner with the ability to
regulate, restrain, dominate, counteract or govern conduct that occurs on or at
the motel, hotel, inn, or other facility designed for overnight rental.
B. Customer: any person who pays valuable consideration to occupy any
room or rooms in a motel, hotel, inn, or other facility designed for overnight
C. Employee: any officer, director, agent, or employee of a motel, or any
independent contractor who works on or at the rental property.
D. Fee: the consideration charged by the operator for the occupancy of
space in a motel, valued in money, goods, labor, credits, or other
E. Motel: any structure, or portion of any structure, which is occupied
or intended or designed for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes and includes
but is not limited to any hotel, inn, tourist home, studio hotel, bachelor
hotel, lodging house, and rooming house.
F. Occupancy: the use or possession, or the right to the use or
possession, for lodging or sleeping purposes of any room or rooms in a
G. Operator: the person who is the proprietor of the motel in any
H. Owner: any person, agent, firm, or corporation having a legal or
equitable interest in a motel, and includes, but is not limited to a mortgagee
in whom possession is vested all or part of the legal title to the property or
all or part of the beneficial ownership and a right to present use and enjoyment
of the property.
I. Renting by the hour: the use or possession for lodging or sleeping
purposes of any room for an amount less that one-half of the minimum daily