As used in this chapter:
   (a)   "Age" means the age of majority at which one may legally transact real property business.
   (b)   "Commission" means the Human Relations Commission established by Chapter 278 of the Administration Code.
   (c)   "Commissioner" means a member of the Commission.
   (d)   "Complaint" means a written statement, given under oath, alleging an unfair housing practice.
   (e)   "Housing accommodation" means improved or unimproved real property, or a part thereof, which is used or occupied, or is intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied, as the home or residence of one or more individuals.
   (f)   "Marital status" means legally married or single.
   (g)   "National origin" means the national or sectional origin of an ancestor.
   (h)   "Person" means an individual, association, corporation, joint apprenticeship committee, joint stock company, labor union, legal representative, mutual company, partnership, receiver, trust, trustee, trustee in bankruptcy, unincorporated organization or any other legal or commercial entity, the State or any governmental entity or agency.
   (i)   "Physical handicap" includes, but is not limited to, blindness or partial sightedness, deafness or hearing impairment, muteness, partial or total absence of a physical member, speech impairment or motor impairment.
   (j)   "Real estate broker or salesman" means a person, whether licensed or not, who, for or with the expectation of receiving a consideration, lists, sells, purchases, exchanges, rents or leases real property, or negotiates or attempts to negotiate any of these activities, or holds himself or herself out as engaged in these activities, or negotiates or attempts to negotiate a loan secured or to be secured by a mortgage or other encumbrance upon real property, or is engaged in the business of listing real property in a publication, or a person employed by or acting on behalf of any of these.
   (k)   "Real estate transaction" means the sale, exchange, rental or lease of real property.
   (l)   "Real property" means buildings, structures, real estate, lands, tenements, leaseholds, interests in real estate cooperatives, condominiums and hereditaments, corporeal and incorporeal, or an interest therein.
   (m)   "State Commission" means the State Civil Rights Commission created by the State Constitution of 1963.
   (n)   "To publish or advertise" means a communication by the owner or lessor, or by a person at his or her request, relative to an offer of sale, rental or lease of a housing accommodation.
   (o)   "Unfair housing practice" means a practice described in Section 624.02.
(Ord. 44.  Passed 5-4-76.)