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Chapter 12

HOUSING*

*Cross reference-Buildings and building regulations, Ch. 6.

   
Art.    I. In General, §§ 12-1--12-15
Art.   II. Housing Code, §§ 12-16--12-18
   

ARTICLE I.  IN GENERAL

Sec. 12-1.  Housing discrimination. 

 

No person shall, except as provided in section 20-110 N.R.S. 1943, as the same shall from time to time be amended, do any of the following acts:

 

(1)       Refuse to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer, refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of or otherwise make unavailable or deny, refuse to show, or refuse to re­ceive and transmit an offer for a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, familial status, sex, or handicap;

 

(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, religion, national origin, familial status, sex, or handicap;

 

(3)       Make, print, publish, or cause to be made, printed, or pub­lished any notice, statement, or advertisement with re­spect to the sale or rental or a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, familial status, or sex, or an intention to make any such preference, limi­tation, or discrimination;

 

(4)       Represent to any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, familial status, or sex that any dwelling is not available for inspection, sale, or rental which such dwelling is in fact so available;

 

(5)       Cause to be made any written or oral inquiry or record concerning the race, color, religion, national origin, hand­icap, familial status, or sex of a person seeking to purchase, rent, or lease any housing;

 

(6)       Include in any transfer, sale, rental, or lease of housing any restrictive covenants limiting the transfer, sale, rental, or lease of housing because of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, handicap, familial status, or ancestry, or honor or exercise or attempt to honor or exercise any such restrictive covenant pertaining to housing;

 

(7)       Discharge or demote an employee or agent or discriminate on the compensation of such employee or agent because of such employee's or agent's compliance with the Nebraska Fair Housing Act; and

 

(8)       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 persons of a particular race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, familial status, or sex.

 

Source: Ord. No. 2863, §§ 1-7, 4-7-80; Ord. No. 3889, § 6, 8-3-92

 

Sec. 12-2.  Multifamily dwellings.

 

It shall be unlawful, except as provided in section 20-110 N.R.S. 1943, as the same may, from time to time, be amended, to design and construct multifamily dwellings for first occupancy after Sep­tember 1, 1991, in such a manner that:

 

(1)       The public use and common use portions of the dwellings are not readily accessible to and usable by handicapped persons;

 

(2)       All the doors are designed to allow passage into and within all premises within the dwellings are not sufficiently wide enough to allow passage by handicapped persons in wheel­chairs; and

 

(3)       The premises are not in compliance with the requirements of ANSI Al17.1 of the American National Standards Institute standards for buildings and facilities providing acces­sibility and usability for physically handicapped people, as that standard may, from time to time, be amended.

 

For the purpose of this section, multifamily dwellings shall mean:

 

(1)       Buildings consisting of four or more units if such buildings have one or more elevators; and

 

(2)       Ground floor units in other buildings consisting of four or more units.

 

Source: Ord.  No. 3889, § 7, 8-3-92

 

Sec. 12-3.  Definitions.

 

For the purposes of sections 12-1 and 12-2, the following definitions shall apply:

 

Dwelling shall mean any building, structure, or portion thereof which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence for one or more families, and vacant land which is of­fered for sale or lease for the construction or location thereon of any such building, structure, or portion thereof.

 

Familial status shall mean one or more minors being domiciled with:

 

(1)       A parent or another person having legal custody of such individual;

 

(2)       The designee of a parent or other person having legal cus­tody, with the written permission of the parent or other person; or

 

(3)       Any person who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of any minor.

 

Handicap for the purpose of this chapter and Chapter 27 of this Code shall mean, with respect to a person:

 

(1)       A physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities;

 

(2)       A record of having such an impairment; or

 

(3)       Being regarded as having such an impairment.

 

Handicap shall not include current, illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance as defined by section 28-401 N.R.S. 1943, as the same may, from time to time, be amended.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3889, § 8, 8-3-92

 

Secs. 12-4--12-18.  Reserved.

 

Source: Ord. No. 3088, § 13, 9-7-82; Ord. No. 3253, § 2, 10-1-84; Ord. No. 3481, § 2, 6-15-87; Ord. No. 3792, § 2, 5-6-91; Ord. No. 4569, § 3, 1-7-02; Ord. No. 4896, § 1, 9-5-06; Ord. No. 4975, § 1, 9-17-07

 

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