For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   BOARD. That body of citizens duly appointed by the Town Council to hear, make determinations and issue findings in all cases of discriminatory practices in housing, if necessary.
   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, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, familial status or national origin, or the aiding, abetting, inciting, coercing or compelling thereof.
      (1)   Includes one or more individuals (who have not attained the age of 18 years) being domiciled with:
         (a)   A parent or another person having legal custody of such individual or individuals; or
         (b)   The designee of such parent or other person having such custody, with the written permission of such parent or other person.
      (2)   The protections afforded against discrimination on the basis of familial status shall apply to any person who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years.
   GENDER IDENTITY. A person’s gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s designated sex at birth.
   HOUSING, HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS or DWELLING. Any building, mobile home or trailer, structure, or portion thereof which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as a residence by one or more families, and any vacant land which is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location thereon of any such building, mobile home or trailer, structure, or portion thereof or any real property, as defined herein, used or intended to be used for any of the purposes set forth in this definition.
   LENDING INSTITUTION or FINANCIAL INSTITUTION. Any person, as defined herein, engaged in the business of lending money or guaranteeing loans.
   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. One or more individuals, governments, governmental agencies, governmental departments, governmental programs, political subdivisions, labor unions, firms, associations, joint ventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations.
   REAL ESTATE BROKER or REAL ESTATE SALESMAN. Includes any individual, who for a fee, commission, salary or for other valuable consideration, who with the intention or expectation of receiving or collecting same, lists, sells, purchases, rents or leases any housing accommodations, including options thereupon or who negotiates or attempts to negotiate such activities; or who advertises or holds himself out as engaged in such activities; or who negotiates or attempts to negotiate a loan, secured by a mortgage or other encumbrance, upon transfer of any housing accommodation, 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 or she undertakes to promote the sale, purchase, rental or lease of any housing accommodation through its listing in a publication issued primarily for such purpose; or an individual employed by or acting on behalf of any of these.
   REAL PROPERTY. Includes buildings, structures, or portions thereof which is occupied as, or designated or intended for occupancy, as a residence by one or more families, lands, mobile homes, tenements, leaseholds, cooperatives and condominiums or any interest in the above.
   SEXUAL ORIENTATION. A person’s real or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality, or gender identity or expression.
   TO RENT. Includes to lease, to sublease, to let and otherwise grant for a consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant.
(Ord. 18044, passed 10-9-18)