Township of Middle, NJ
Cape May County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Middle 2-1-1979 as Ord. No. 360-79. Section 117-4 added at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Housing Authority — See Ch. 25.
The Township Committee, governing body of the Township of Middle, ordains that this chapter shall be known as the "Middle Township 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, by the owner himself or by legal representative, but not including any personal residence offered for rent by the owner or lessee thereof or by a broker, salesman, agent or employee.
HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS
Includes any building or structure or portion thereof 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 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 an unlawful, discriminatory practice for any person to:
A. 
Refuse to sell, lease or finance or otherwise 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 mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of commercial housing to any person 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.
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 the race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex or national origin of any present or prospective owner, occupant or user of such commercial housing or discriminate against any person in terms of leasing any commercial housing or in furnishing facilities, services or priveleges 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 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 which expresses, directly or indirectly, any limitation, specification or discrimination based upon race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex or national origin or 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.
Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine of not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for a period of not to exceed 90 days or a period of community service not to exceed 90 days.
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Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art I.