Wright City, MO
Warren County
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Section 230.010 Declaration of Policy.

[Ord. No. 347 §I, 4-9-1998]
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Wright City hereby declares it to be the public policy of the City to eliminate discrimination and safeguard the right of any person to sell, purchase, lease, rent, or obtain real property without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religion or religious affiliation, handicap, and without regard to whether a family has children. This Section shall be deemed an exercise of the Police powers of the City of Wright City, Missouri, for the protection of the public welfare, prosperity, health, and peace of the people of Wright City, Missouri.

Section 230.020 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 347 §I, 4-9-1998]
For the purpose of this Chapter the following terms, phrases, words, and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein unless the context otherwise indicates:
AGGRIEVED PERSON
Any person who is attempting to provide housing for himself/herself and/or his/her family in the City of Wright City, Missouri.
DISCRIMINATE
Distinctions in treatment of race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religion or religious affiliation, handicap, or familial status of any person.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, or corporation.

Section 230.030 Discriminatory Practices.

[Ord. No. 347 §I, 4-9-1998]
A. 
It shall be a discriminatory practice and violation of this Section for any person to:
1. 
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, national origin, religion or religious affiliation, or handicap status of any person.
2. 
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, sex, color, national origin, religion or religious affiliation, or handicap status of any person.
3. 
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, sex, color, national origin, religion or religious affiliation, handicap status of any person, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.
4. 
Represent to any person because of race, sex, color, national origin, religion or religious affiliation, or handicap status of any person, 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 the neighborhood or a person or persons of a particular race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religion or religious affiliation, or handicap status of any person.
6. 
Bars discrimination in the sale or rental of housing on the basis of handicap and requires the design and construction of new multi-family dwellings with four (4) or more units to meet certain adaptability and accessibility requirements.
7. 
Bars discrimination in the sale or rental of housing because a family has children, but exempts certain types of buildings that house older persons, e.g. Section 202 Housing.

Section 230.040 Discrimination in The Financing of A House.

[Ord. No. 347 §I, 4-9-1998]
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 to a person applying therefor for the purpose of purchasing, construction, repairing, or maintaining a dwelling, or to discriminate against any person in the fixing of the amount or conditions of such loan, because of the race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religion or religious affiliation, handicap, familial status, or such person or of any person therein associated in connection with such financing.

Section 230.050 Administration.

[Ord. No. 347 §I, 4-9-1998]
A. 
There is hereby a Fair Housing Committee whose membership shall consist of five (5) members, who shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City with the approval of the Board of Aldermen.
B. 
Every complaint of a violation of this Section shall be referred to a Fair Housing Committee. The Fair Housing Committee shall forthwith notify the person against whom the complaint is made. The identity of the aggrieved person shall be made known to the person against whom the complaint is made at that time. If the Fair Housing Committee, after investigation, finds there is no merit of the complaint, the same shall be dismissed. If the Fair Housing Committee finds that there is merit in the complaint, in their opinion, then and in that event, the Fair Housing Committee will endeavor to eliminate the alleged discriminatory practice by conference and conciliation.
C. 
If the Fair Housing Committee is unable to eliminate the alleged discriminatory practice by conference and conciliation, then and in that event, the Fair Housing Committee shall forward said complaint to the City Attorney for handling. The final determination of whether or not to prosecute on said complaint shall be left to the City Attorney.

Section 230.060 Enforcement.

[Ord. No. 347 §I, 4-9-1998]
A. 
Any person convicted of a violation of this Chapter shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00), or by confinement in the County Jail for not more than thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
B. 
The City Attorney, instead of filing a complaint in Municipal Court of said City, may as an alternative remedy, seek to have the alleged discriminatory practices abated by an action for an injunction to be maintained in the appropriate Circuit Court of the State of Missouri.