St. Charles County, MO
 
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[Ord. No. 94-49 §1, 3-31-1994]
It is hereby declared to be the policy of St. Charles County, Missouri, to assure equal opportunity to all persons to live in housing facilities regardless of race, color, creed, religion, religious affiliation, ancestry, national origin, handicap, familial status, sex, or status as a recipient of public assistance, and to that end to prohibit discrimination in housing.
[Ord. No. 94-49 §2, 3-31-1994]
For purposes of this Chapter the following terms, phrases, words, and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein unless the context indicates otherwise.
AGGRIEVED PERSON
Any person who is attempting to provide housing for himself and/or his family in St. Charles County.
DISCRIMINATE
Distinguish among natural persons according to their race, color, creed, religion, religious affiliation, ancestry, national origin, handicap, familial status, sex, or status as a recipient of public assistance.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership or corporation.
[Ord. No. 94-49 §3, 3-31-1994]
A. 
It shall be a discriminatory practice and a violation of this Chapter 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, creed, religion, religious affiliation, ancestry, national origin, handicap, familial status, sex, or status as a recipient of public assistance;
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, color, creed, religion, religious affiliation, ancestry, national origin, handicap, familial status, sex, or status as a recipient of public assistance;
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, color, creed, religion, religious affiliation, ancestry, national origin, handicap, familial status, sex, or status as a recipient of public assistance;
4. 
Represent to any person because of race, color, creed, religion, religious affiliation, ancestry, national origin, handicap, familial status, sex, or status as a recipient of public assistance, that a dwelling is not available for inspection, sale, or rental, when in fact that dwelling is so available;
5. 
Induce or attempt to induce, for profit, any person to sell or rent any dwelling by representations regarding the entry or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person or of persons of a particular race, color, creed, religion, religious affiliation, ancestry, national origin, handicap, familial status, sex, or status as a recipient of public assistance;
6. 
Fail to design and build new multi-family dwellings with four (4) or more units such that they meet the adaptability and accessibility requirements of Section 213.040.2—4, RSMo., as presently enacted or as revised in the future;
7. 
Fail to permit handicapped persons at their own expense to make reasonable modifications in existing premises occupied or to be occupied by such persons, if such modifications may be necessary to afford such persons full enjoyment of the premises (except that in the case of a rental, the landlord may, where reasonable, condition permission for such modification upon the renter's agreement to restore the interior of the premises to the condition that existed before the modification, reasonable wear and tear excepted);
8. 
Refuse to make reasonable accommodations to handicapped persons, in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford such persons equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.
[Ord. No. 94-49 §4, 3-31-1994]
A. 
The provisions of Section 225.030 shall not apply to:
1. 
Housing accommodations for rent in a building which contains housing accommodations for not more than two (2) families living independently of each other, if the lessor or a member of the lessor's family resides in one (1) of the housing accommodations; or
2. 
Rooms for rent in a single-family dwelling unit, if the lessor or a member of the lessor's family resides therein.
B. 
The provisions of Section 225.030 prohibiting religious discrimination shall not apply to any religious organization, association, or society, or any non-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 dwellings which it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose to persons of the same religion or religious affiliation, or from giving preference to such persons, unless membership in such religion is restricted on account of race, color, national origin, handicap, familial status, sex or status as a recipient of public assistance.
C. 
The provisions of Section 225.030 prohibiting discrimination on account of familial status shall not apply to:
Housing for older persons that is:
1. 
Intended for, and solely occupied by, persons sixty-two (62) years of age or older;
2. 
Intended and operated for occupancy by at least one (1) person fifty-five (55) years of age or older per unit; or
3. 
Provided under any State or Federal program that the Commission (applying standards consistent with Section 213.040.9—10, RSMo.) determines is specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons, as defined in the State or Federal program.
[Ord. No. 94-49 §5, 3-31-1994]
It shall be unlawful for any bank, savings 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 therefore for the purpose of purchase, construction, repair or maintenance of a dwelling, or to discriminate against any person in fixing the amount of conditions of such loan, because of race, color, creed, religion, religious affiliation, ancestry, national origin, handicap, familial status, sex or status as a recipient of public assistance.
[Ord. No. 94-49 §6, 3-31-1994; Ord. No. 05-142 §1, 9-27-2005]
A. 
Every complaint of a violation of this Chapter shall be referred to the St. Charles County Director of the Department of Community Development. The Director 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 after investigation, the Director finds that there is no merit to the complaint, the Director shall dismiss it. But if the Director finds that there is merit in the complaint, the Director shall endeavor to eliminate the alleged discriminatory practice by conference and conciliation.
B. 
If the Director is unable to eliminate the alleged discriminatory practice by conference and conciliation, then the Director shall forward the complaint to the County Counselor, who shall have discretion to prosecute or not prosecute that complaint.
[Ord. No. 94-49 §7, 3-31-1994]
A. 
Any person convicted of a violation of this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) in the case of an individual, or five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) in the case of a firm, or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or by both.
B. 
Instead of or in addition to an action for fines and/or imprisonment, the County Counselor may maintain an action for an injunction in the appropriate Circuit Court of the State of Missouri, in order to have the alleged discriminatory practices abated.