City of Crestwood, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 3944, § 1, 11-8-2005]
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Crestwood, Missouri hereby declares it to be the public policy of the City to eliminate and prevent discrimination, segregation, or separation in all places of public accommodation covered by this article, and to eliminate and prevent discrimination, segregation, or separation in housing, and to safeguard the right of any person to sell, purchase, lease, rent, or obtain real property without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or marital status. It is further affirmed that the opportunity for full and equal public accommodations as covered by this article and the opportunity for full and equal housing are civil rights of every citizen.
[Ord. No. 3944, § 2, 11-8-2005]
(a) 
It shall be a discriminatory practice and unlawful for the owner, real estate broker, real estate salesperson or employee or agent thereof, or 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:
(1) 
To refuse to sell or rent after the receipt 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 a person because of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, handicap or marital status.
(2) 
To discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or marital status in the terms, conditions, or privileges of the sale, rental, lease, assignment, or sublease of any housing accommodations or real property or part or portion thereof or in the furnishing of facilities or services in connection therewith, 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, disability, or marital status which would not be required of other persons.
(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, sex, color, religion, ancestry, handicap or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.
(4) 
To present to any person because of race, sex, color, religion, religious affiliation, national origin, age, ancestry, handicap or familial status, that any dwelling is not available for inspection, sale, or rental when such dwelling is in fact so available.
(5) 
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 of a person or persons of a particular race, sex, color, religion, religious affiliation, national origin, age, ancestry, handicap, or marital status.
[Ord. No. 3944, § 3, 11-8-2005]
(a) 
The provisions of this article shall not apply to the following:
(1) 
The sale, rental, assignment, lease or sublease of a single-family dwelling owned by an individual in which that individual or a member of the immediate family resides, and the dwelling is offered for sale, rental assignment, lease, or sublease, without the use of sales or rental facilities or services of real estate brokers, agents, salesmen, or persons in the business of selling or renting dwellings, and without the publication, posting or mailing of any advertisement in violation of Subsection 7-152(3) of this article provided, however, that:
a. 
Nothing in this provision shall prohibit the use of attorneys, escrow agents, abstractors, title companies, and other such professional assistance as necessary to perfect or transfer the title; and
b. 
Any such private individual owner does not own any interest in, nor is there owned or reserved on this behalf, under any express or voluntary agreement, title to or any right to all or a portion of the proceeds from the sale or rental of more than three such single-family houses at any one time.
(2) 
A rental or leasing of a dwelling unit in a building which contains housing accommodations for not more than two families living independently of each other if the owner or a member of the immediate family resides in such a dwelling unit.
(3) 
A rental or leasing to less than five persons living in a dwelling unit by the owner if the owner or a member of the immediate family resides therein.
(4) 
Nothing in this article shall prohibit a religious organization, association, or society, or any nonprofit 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 real property which it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose to persons of the same religion, or from giving preference to such persons unless membership in such religion is restricted on account of race, sex, color, national origin, age, ancestry, handicap or marital status. Nor shall anything in the article prohibit a private club in fact not open to the public, which as an incident to its primary purpose or purposes provides lodgings 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.
[Ord. No. 3944, § 4, 11-8-2005]
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 of the making of commercial real estate loans to deny a loan or other financial assistance to a person applying therefore for the purpose of purchasing, constructing, improving repairing or maintaining a dwelling or to discriminate against said person in the fixing of the amount, interest rate, duration or other terms and conditions of such loan or other financial assistance because of the race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, handicap or marital status of such person or of any person associated with said person in connection with such loan or other financial assistance, or of the present or prospective owners, lessees, tenants, or occupants, of the dwellings in relation to which such loan or other financial assistance is to be made or given.
[Ord. No. 3944, § 5, 11-8-2005]
It shall be unlawful for any person to deny any person access to or membership or participation in any multiple listing service, real estate brokers' organization or other service organization, or facility relating to the business of selling or renting dwellings or to discriminate against him in the terms or conditions of such access, membership or participation on account of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, handicap or marital status.
[Ord. No. 3944, § 6, 11-8-2005]
Any person who claims to have been injured or who will be injured by a discriminatory housing practice may file a complaint with the Board of Aldermen. The complaint shall be filed within 180 days after the alleged discriminatory housing practice occurred. For the purposes of this section, all days of violation with respect to one dwelling shall be taken to mean on occurrence. Complaints shall be in writing and shall state the facts upon which the allegations of the discriminatory practice are based. Upon receipt of such complaint, a copy shall be furnished to the person or persons who allegedly committed or are about to commit the alleged discriminatory housing practice.
[Ord. No. 3944, § 7, 11-8-2005]
The authority and responsibility for enforcing this article shall be vested with the Board of Aldermen. It will be the duty of the Board of Aldermen to receive and investigate written complaints, hold hearings, make findings of fact and take such action as it deems appropriate.
[Ord. No. 3944, § 8, 11-8-2005]
Any person who shall commit a discriminatory housing practice in violation of this article shall upon conviction thereof be punished for each such violation by a fine of not less $100 nor more than $1,000.