City of Shrewsbury, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 250.010 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 2042 §1, 5-14-1996]
For the purposes of this Chapter the following terms shall be deemed to have the meanings indicated below:
COMMISSION
The Missouri Commission on Human Rights.
DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICE
An act unlawful under Section 250.020 hereof.
DWELLING
Any building, structure, or portion thereof located within the City which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one (1) or more families, and any vacant land which is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location thereon of any such building, structure or portion thereof.
FAMILIAL STATUS
One (1) or more individuals who have not attained the age of eighteen (18) years being domiciled with:
1. 
A parent or another person having legal custody of such individuals; or
2. 
The designee of such parent or other person having such custody, with the written permission of such parent or other person, pursuant to Missouri law.
The protections afforded against discrimination on the basis of familial status shall apply to any person who is pregnant or who is the process of securing legal custody of any individual who has not attained the age of eighteen (18) years.
FAMILY
Includes a single individual, the lawful occupants of a single-family residence according to the City's Zoning Code, or the residents of any home in which eight (8) or fewer unrelated mentally or physically handicapped persons reside, in accordance with the provisions of Section 89.020, RSMo., as may be amended or revised from time to time.
HANDICAP
A physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one (1) or more of a person's major life activities, a condition perceived as such, or a record of having such an impairment, which with or without reasonable accommodation does not interfere with occupying the dwelling in question. As used herein, the term "handicap" does not include current, illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance; however, a person may be considered handicapped if that person:
1. 
Has successfully completed a supervised drug rehabilitation program and is no longer engaging in the illegal use of, and is not currently addicted to, a controlled substance or has otherwise been rehabilitated successfully and is no longer engaging in such use and is not currently addicted;
2. 
Is participating in a supervised rehabilitation program and is no longer engaged in illegal use of controlled substances; or
3. 
Is erroneously regarded as currently illegally using, or being addicted to, a controlled substance.
PERSON
Includes one (1) or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint stock companies, trusts, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy, unincorporated organizations, receivers, and fiduciaries.
RENT
Includes to lease, sublease, let or otherwise to grant for a consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant.

Section 250.020 Discrimination in The Sale or Rental of Housing.

[Ord. No. 2042 §2, 5-14-1996]
A. 
Except as specifically exempted herein, it shall be unlawful for any person:
1. 
To refuse to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer or to refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
2. 
To discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith because of race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
3. 
To make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or any intention to make any preference, limitation or discrimination.
4. 
To represent to any person because of race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin that any dwelling is not available for inspection, sale, or rental when such dwelling is in fact so available.
5. 
For profit, to induce or attempt to induce any person to sell or rent any dwelling by representations regarding the entry or prospective entry into a neighborhood of a person or persons of a particular race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
6. 
To discriminate in the sale or rental, or to otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any buyer or renter because of a handicap of :
a. 
That buyer or renter;
b. 
A person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is so sold, rented, or made available; or
c. 
Any person associated with that buyer or renter.
7. 
To coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any person in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his/her having exercised or enjoyed, or on account of his/her having aided or encouraged any other person in the exercise or enjoyment of, any right granted or protected herein.
8. 
To discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with such dwelling, because of handicap of:
a. 
That person;
b. 
A person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is sold, rented, or made available; or
c. 
Any person associated with that person.
9. 
For purposes of Subdivision (8) hereof, discrimination includes:
a. 
A refusal to permit, at the expense of the handicapped person, reasonable modifications of existing premises occupied or to be occupied by such person if such modifications may be necessary to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises, except that, in case of a rental, the landlord may, where it is reasonable to do so, condition permission for a modification upon the renter's agreeing to restore the interior of the premises to the condition that existed before the modification, reasonable wear and tear excepted;
b. 
A refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford such person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling; or
c. 
In connection with the design and construction of covered multi-family dwellings for first occupancy after June 1, 1995, a failure to design and construct those dwellings in such a manner that:
(1) 
The public use and common use portions of such dwellings are readily accessible to and useful by handicapped persons;
(2) 
All the doors designed to allow passage into and within all premises within such dwelling are sufficiently wide to allow passage by handicapped persons in wheelchairs; and
(3) 
All premises within such buildings contain the following features of adaptive design:
(a) 
An accessible route into and through the dwelling;
(b) 
Light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls in accessible locations;
(c) 
Reinforcements in bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars; and
(d) 
Usable kitchens and bathrooms such that an individual in a wheelchair can maneuver about the space.
10. 
As used in Subdivision (9) of this Section, the term "covered multi-family dwelling" means:
a. 
Buildings consisting of four (4) or more units if such buildings have one (1) or more elevators; and
b. 
Ground floor units in other buildings consisting of four (4) or more units.
11. 
Nothing in this Section requires that a dwelling be made available to an individual whose tenancy would constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or whose tenancy would result in substantial physical damage to the property.

Section 250.030 Discrimination in Real Estate Related Transactions.

[Ord. No. 2042 §3, 5-14-1996]
It shall be unlawful for any bank, building and loan association, insurance company or other corporation, association, firm or enterprise whose business consists in whole or in part in the making of commercial real estate loans, to deny a loan or other financial assistance to a person applying therefor for the purpose of purchasing, constructing, improving, repairing, or maintaining a dwelling or to discriminate against said purchaser in fixing the amount, interest, rate, duration, or other terms or conditions of such loan or other financial assistance because of race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin of such loan or other financial assistance, or of the present or prospective lessees, tenants, or occupants, of the dwelling in relation to which such loan or other financial assistance is to be made or given.

Section 250.040 Discrimination in The Provision of Brokerage Services.

[Ord. No. 2042 §4, 5-14-1996]
It shall be unlawful for any person to deny any person access to or membership or participation in any multiple listing service, real estate broker's organization or other service, organization, or facility relating to the business of selling or renting dwellings, or to discriminate against such person in the terms or conditions of such access, membership, or participation, on account of race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

Section 250.050 Discrimination in The Sale or Rental of Housing — Exception.

[Ord. No. 2042 §5, 5-14-1996]
Nothing in this Chapter shall prohibit a religious organization, association, or society, or any not-for-profit institution or organization operated, supervised, or controlled by or in conjunction with a religious organization, association, or society from limiting the sale, rental or occupancy of dwelling which it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose to persons of the same religion, or from giving preference to such person, unless membership in such religion is restricted on account of race, color, or national origin. Nor shall anything in this Chapter prohibit a private club not in fact open to the public, which as an incident to its primary purpose or purposes provides lodging which it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose, from limiting the rental or occupancy of such lodgings to its members or from giving preference to its members.

Section 250.060 Complaint Procedure.

[Ord. No. 2042 §6, 5-14-1996]
Nothing in this Chapter shall limit any person's rights under the laws of the United States, State of Missouri, or other jurisdiction, including the right to file a complaint with the Commission or Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, or the right to file a civil action thereafter.