City of Camdenton, MO
Camden County
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Section 255.010 Statement of Policy.

[CC 1984 §58.010]
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Camdenton, hereby declares it to be the public policy of said City to eliminate discrimination and safeguard the right of any person to sell, purchase, lease, or obtain real property without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap. This Chapter shall be deemed an exercise of the police powers of the City of Camdenton, for the protection of the public welfare, prosperity, health and peace of the people of said City.

Section 255.020 Definitions.

[CC 1984 §58.020]
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:
DISCRIMINATION
Any unfair treatment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age as it relates to employment or handicap.
PERSON
Shall include any individual, firm, partnership or corporation.

Section 255.030 Discriminatory Practices Defined.

[CC 1984 §58.030]
A. 
It shall be a discriminatory practice and unlawful:
1. 
For any person, having the right, responsibility, or authority to sell, rent, lease, assign or sub lease any dwelling unit, commercial unit or real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, to refuse to sell, rent, lease, assign, or sub-lease any dwelling unit, commercial unit, real property or part or portion thereof or interest therein, to any person because of the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, or handicap of said person.
2. 
For any person, having the right, responsibility or authority to sell, rent, lease, assign or sublease any dwelling unit, commercial unit or real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, to impose upon any person because of the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap of such person unusual, extraordinarily onerous terms, conditions or privileges in the sale, rental, leasing, assignment or sub-leasing of any dwelling unit, commercial unit or real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, or to require a higher sale price or rental or otherwise impose terms more burdensome upon any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap and which would not be required of other persons.
3. 
For any person, engaged in lending money, guaranteeing loans, accepting mortgages or otherwise making available funds for the purchase, acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair, or maintenance of any dwelling unit, commercial unit or real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, to discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap of any person applying for loans or guarantees or mortgages in lending money, guaranteeing loans, accepting mortgages or otherwise making available funds for the purchase, acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of any dwelling unit, commercial unit or real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, or to place unusual extraordinary, onerous rates of interest, terms or conditions on the lending of said money, the guaranteeing of said loans, acceptance of said mortgages or the availability of such funds.
4. 
For any person to discriminate in furnishing any facilities or services to any dwelling unit, commercial unit, real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, because of the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap of any person making application for such facilities or services.
5. 
For any person in the real estate business, whether a dealer, broker or regardless of the capacity in which serving to discriminate in the selling, renting, leasing, assigning or sub-leasing of any dwelling unit, commercial unit, real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap of such person and further, to indicate in any way that any dwelling unit, commercial unit, real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, is not available for inspection, sale, rental, lease, assignment or sub-lease, or otherwise to deny or withhold any dwelling unit, commercial unit, real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, from any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap of such person.
6. 
For any person to include in any agreement relating to the sale, rental, lease, assignment or sublease of any dwelling unit, commercial unit, or real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, as a condition of said transaction, that the purchaser, renter, tenant, occupant or assignee does agree not to sell, rent, lease, assign or sublease the said dwelling unit, commercial unit, or real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap of such person.
7. 
For any person to engage in any form of threats or reprisal, or to engage in, or hire, or conspire with others to commits acts or activities of any nature, the purpose of which is to harass, degrade, embarrass, or to cause physical harm or economic loss to any person because such person complies with the provisions of this Chapter or has opposed any practice forbidden under this act, or has filed a complaint, testified or assisted in any proceeding under this Chapter.
8. 
For any person to aid, abet, incite, compel, coerce, cooperate or participate in the doing of any act declared to be a discriminatory practice under the provisions of this Chapter, or to obstruct or prevent compliance with the provisions of this Chapter, or to attempt directly or indirectly to commit any act declared by this Chapter to be a discriminatory practice.
9. 
For any person to induce or attempt to induce the sale or listing for sale of any dwelling unit, commercial unit or real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, by representing that a change has occurred or will or may occur with respect to the racial, religious or ethnic composition of the block, neighborhood or area in which the property is located, or to induce or attempt to induce such sale by representing that the presence or anticipated presence of persons of any particular race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap in the area will or may result in:
a. 
The lowering of property values.
b. 
A change in the racial, religious or ethnic composition of the block, neighborhood or area in which the property is located.
c. 
An increase in criminal or antisocial behavior in the area.
d. 
A decline in the quality of the schools serving the area.
10. 
To make any representations to any prospective seller, real estate broker, salesman, agent, owner, or to any financial institution for the purpose of obtaining facts or evidence of a discriminatory practice when such representation is not made for a bona fide purchase, rental or lease of real property; provided however, this Section shall not apply to any person employed by the City or the State whose duty it is to assist in the prosecution of violations of civil rights relating to open housing.
11. 
For any person having the right, responsibility or authority to sell, rent, lease, assign or sublease any dwelling unit, commercial unit or real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, to directly or indirectly advertise, or in any other manner indicate or publicize, that the purchase, rental, lease, sublease or assignment, listing, showing or the lending of funds in connection with any dwelling unit, commercial unit, real property or any part or portion thereof or interest therein, by persons of any particular race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap is unwelcome, objectionable, not acceptable, or not solicited.

Section 255.040 Applicability.

[CC 1984 §58.040]
A. 
The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to the following:
1. 
Any bona fide religious institutions with respect to any qualifications it may impose based upon religion when such qualifications are related to a bona fide religious purpose.
2. 
A rental or leasing of a dwelling unit in a building which contains housing accommodations for not more than two (2) families living independently of each other if the owner or members of his family reside in such dwelling unit.
3. 
A rental or leasing to less than five (5) persons living in a dwelling unit by the owner if the owner or members of his family reside therein.

Section 255.050 Administration.

[CC 1984 §58.050]
A. 
Any persons claiming to have been subjected to any discriminatory practice as defined by this Chapter may file a complaint by appearing before the Human Relations Commission of the City of Camdenton and furnishing such information as the Human Relations Commission may require. Any complaint filed pursuant to this Section must be filed with the Human Relations Commission within sixty (60) days of the date of the alleged incident.
B. 
Every complaint of violation of this Chapter shall be referred to the Human Relations Commission of the City of Camdenton. The Human Relations Commission 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 Human Relations Commission, after its investigation and the investigation, if any, conducted by authorized employees of the City, finds that there is no merit to the complaint, the same shall be dismissed. If the Human Relations Commission finds that there is merit to the complaint, in their opinion, then and in that event, the Human Relations Commission will endeavor to eliminate the alleged discriminatory practice by conference and conciliation.
C. 
If the Human Relations Commission is unable to eliminate the alleged discriminatory practice be a conference and conciliation, then and in that event, the Human Relations Commission 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.
D. 
The Human Relations Commission shall be made up of five (5) registered voters of the City of Camdenton, as appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Aldermen. The first two (2) members shall have a term of one (1) year, the second two (2) members shall have a term of two (2) years with the final one (1) member having a term of three (3) years. All appointees beyond the previous staggered term shall have a membership of three (3) years.

Section 255.060 Enforcement.

[CC 1984 §58.060]
A. 
Any persons convicted of a violation of this Chapter shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by confinement in the County Jail for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
B. 
The City Attorney, instead of filing a complaint in Municipal Court for 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.