For the purpose of this chapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   DISCRIMINATION.  Any direct or indirect act or practice of exclusion, distinction, restriction, segregation, limitation, refusal, denial, or any other act or practice of differentiation or preference in the treatment of a person or persons because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, or the aiding, abetting, inciting, coercing, or compelling thereof.
   FINANCIAL INSTITUTION.  Includes any person, as defined herein, engaged in the business of lending money or guaranteeing losses.
   HOUSING ACCOMMODATION.  Includes improved and unimproved property and means a building, structure, mobile home or trailer, or portion thereof which is used or occupied, or is intended, arranged, or designed to be used or occupied as a home or residence of one or more individuals.
   OWNER.  Includes a lessee, sublessee, co-tenant, assignee, managing agent, or other person having the right of ownership or possession, or the right to sell, rent, or lease any housing accommodation.
   PERSON.  Includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint ventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations.
   REAL ESTATE BROKER or REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON.  Any individual, whether licensed or not, who on behalf of others for a fee, commission, salary, or other valuable consideration, or who with the intention or expectation of receiving or collecting the same, lists, sells, purchases, exchanges, rents, or leases any real estate or the improvements thereon, including options, or who negotiates or attempts to negotiate such an activity; or who negotiates or attempts to negotiate a loan, secured by a mortgage or other encumbrance upon a transfer of real estate, or who is engaged in the business of charging an advance fee or contracting for collection of a fee in connection with a contract whereby he undertakes to promote the sale, purchase, exchange, rental, or lease of real estate through its listing in a publication issued primarily for this purpose, or an individual employed by or acting on behalf of any of these.
   REAL PROPERTY.  Includes buildings, structures, real estate, lands, tenements, leaseholds, cooperatives, condominiums, and hereditaments, corporeal and incorporeal, or any interest in the above.
(Ord. passed 12-19-83)
Statutory reference:
   For state law definitions, see G.S.§ 41A-3