City of Warren, PA
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Warren 7-23-1979 by Ord. No. 1200 (Ch. 11, Part 1, of the 1997 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1491]
This chapter shall be known as the "City of Warren Fair Housing Ordinance."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMERCIAL HOUSING
Housing accommodations held or offered for sale or rent by a real estate broker, salesman or agency, or by any other person pursuant to authorization of the owner, or by the owner himself or by legal representative, but shall not include any personal residence offered for rent by the owner or lessee thereof or by a broker, salesman, agent or employee.
HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS
Includes:
A. 
Any building or structure or portion thereto which is used or occupied or is intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied as the home, residence or sleeping place of one or more individuals, groups or families, whether or not living independently of each other; and
B. 
Any vacant land offered for sale or lease for commercial housing.
PERSON
Includes one or more individuals, partnerships, associations, organizations, corporations, legal representatives, trustees in bankruptcy or receivers. It also includes, but is not limited to, any owner, lessor, assignor, builder, manager, broker, agent, employer, lending institution and all political subdivisions, authorities, boards and commissions.
PERSONAL RESIDENCE
A building or structure containing living quarters occupied or intended to be occupied by no more than two individuals, two groups or two families living independently of each other and used by the owner or lessee thereof as a bona fide residence for himself and any member of his family forming his household.
It shall be unlawful discriminatory practice for any person to:
A. 
Refuse to sell, lease, finance or otherwise to deny or withhold commercial housing from any person because of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex or national origin of any prospective owner, occupant or user of such commercial housing or to any person due to use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user.
B. 
Refuse to lend money, whether or not secured by a mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of commercial housing from any person because of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex or national origin of any present or prospective owner, occupant or user of such commercial housing.
C. 
Discriminate against any person in the terms or conditions of selling or leasing of any commercial housing or in furnishing facilities, services or privileges in connection with the ownership, occupancy or use of any commercial housing because of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex or national origin of any present or prospective owner, occupant or user of such commercial housing, or to discriminate against any person in terms of leasing any commercial housing or in furnishing facilities, services or privileges in connection with the occupancy or use of any commercial housing due to use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user.
D. 
Discriminate against any person in the terms or conditions of any loan of money, whether or not secured by mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of commercial housing because of the race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex or national origin of any present or prospective owner, occupant or user of such commercial housing.
E. 
Print, publish or circulate any statement or advertisement relating to the sale, lease or acquisition of any commercial housing or the loan of money, whether or not secured by mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance, specifying or discriminating based upon race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex or national origin, or to print, publish or circulate any statement or advertisement relating to the lease of any commercial dwelling which indicates any preference, limitation, specification or discrimination based upon use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user.
F. 
Make any inquiry, elicit any information, make or keep any record or use any form of application containing questions or entries concerning race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex or national origin in connection with the sale or lease of any commercial housing or loan of any money, whether or not secured by mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of commercial housing, or to make any inquiry, elicit any information, make or keep any record or use any form of application containing questions or entries concerning the use of a guide dog because of the blindness of the user, in connection with the lease of any commercial housing.
[Added 4-14-1980 by Ord. No. 1271; 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1491]
The City Manager, or a person designated by the Manager, shall serve as compliance officer for the purposes of enforcing the provisions of this chapter. It shall be the responsibility of the compliance officer to advise the public that any complaints of discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing should be reported directly to him/her, to notify the local realtors on an annual basis of the provisions of this chapter, and to document all activities relating to the above.
[Added 4-14-1980 by Ord. No. 1271; 12-8-1997 by Ord. No. 1622]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $600 plus costs and, in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.