Whenever used in this chapter, the following words and
phrases shall have the following meanings:
(a) "Dwelling unit" means a structure or the part of a
structure that is used as a home, residence or sleeping place by one or
more persons who maintain a household, together with the common areas,
land and appurtenant buildings thereto, and all housing services,
privileges, furnishings and facilities supplied in connection with the
use or occupancy thereof, including garage and parking facilities.
(b) "Landlord" means the owner, agent, lessor or
sublessor, or the successor in interest of any of them, of a dwelling
unit or the building of which it is part.
(c) "Owner" means one or more persons, jointly or
severally, in whom is vested all or part of the legal title to property,
or all or part of the beneficial ownership and a right to present use
and enjoyment of the premises, including a mortgagee in possession.
(d) "Person" means an individual, corporation,
government, governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate,
trust, partnership or association or any other legal or commercial
(e) "Premises" means the dwelling unit and the
structure of which it is a part, and facilities and appurtenances
therein, and grounds, areas and facilities held out for the use of
(f) "Rent" means any consideration, including any
payment, bonus, benefits or gratuity, demanded or received by a landlord
for or in connection with the use or occupancy of a dwelling unit.
(g) "Rental agreement" means all written or oral
agreements embodying the terms and conditions concerning the use and
occupancy of a dwelling unit by a tenant.
"Successor landlord" means any person who follows a landlord in
ownership or control of a dwelling unit or the building of which it is a
part, and shall include a lienholder who takes ownership or control
either by contract, operation of law or a court order. However, a
"successor landlord" shall not include a receiver appointed pursuant to
a court order.
"Tenant" means a person entitled by written or
subtenancy approved by the landlord
or by sufferance, to
occupy a dwelling unit to the exclusion of others.