Village of Tivoli, NY
Dutchess County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Tivoli at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 116-1 Title.

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Tivoli ordains that this chapter shall be known as "The Tivoli Fair Housing Law."

§ 116-2 Definitions.

As used herein, the following words shall have the meanings below set forth:
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 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 any 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 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.

§ 116-3 Prohibition of discriminatory practices.

It shall be unlawful discriminatory practice for any persons 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 from 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 from 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 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 or 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 of 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 specification or discrimination 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 an 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 occurred by mortgage or otherwise, for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of commercial housing; or to make an 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.

§ 116-4 Penalties for offenses.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. Each day of continuance of an offense shall be considered a separate offense.