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(A) The rights granted by §§ 91.03 through 91.06 may be enforced by civil actions in the state or local courts of general jurisdiction having proper venue. A civil action shall be commenced within 180 days after the alleged discriminatory housing practice occurred; provided, however, that the court may continue such civil case brought pursuant to this section or § 91.10 (D) from time to time before bringing it to trial, if the court believes that the conciliation efforts of the Chief Executive Officer are likely to result in satisfactory settlement of the discriminatory housing practice complained of in the complaint made to the Chief Executive Officer, and which practice forms the basis for the action in court. Any sale, encumbrance or rental consummated prior to the issuance of any court order issued under the authority of this ordinance, and involving a bona fide purchaser, encumbrancer or tenant without actual notice of the existence of the filing of a complaint or civil action under the provisions of this chapter shall not be affected.
(B) The court may grant as relief, as it deems appropriate, any permanent or temporary injunction, temporary restraining order, or other order, and may award to the plaintiff actual damages and not more than $1,000 punitive damages, together with court costs and reasonable attorney fees in the case of a prevailing plaintiff.
(Ord. passed 9-19-83)