City of Middletown, CT
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Middletown 6-1-1981. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Housing Partnership — See Ch. 53.
Housing standards — See Ch. 178.

§ 156-1 Policy.

It is the policy of the City of Middletown that no person shall discriminate with respect to housing in the City of Middletown in violation of any federal, state or local law.

§ 156-2 Discrimination in the rental, sale or financing of housing prohibited.

[Amended 2-3-2003]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to 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, or to discriminate or permit discrimination against any person or group of persons in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of housing accommodations or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), transgender status, gender identity or expression, intellectual disability or physical disability, Vietnam Era Veteran status, present or past history of mental or physical disability, union membership, genetic history, criminal record except to the degree required by state and federal law, sexual orientation, ancestry, political belief, familial status, or source of income, including participation in Section 8 or a rental assistance program.
[Amended 6-3-2013 by Ord. No. 15-13]
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, bank, building and loan association, insurance company or other corporation, association, firm or enterprise whose business consists in whole or in part in the making of real estate loans, to deny a loan to a person applying therefor for the purpose of purchasing, constructing, improving or repairing housing, or to discriminate against such person in the fixing of the amount, interest rate, duration or other terms or conditions of such loan because of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), transgender status, gender identity or expression, intellectual disability or physical disability, Vietnam Era Veteran status, present or past history of mental or physical disability, union membership, genetic history, criminal record except to the degree required by state and federal law, sexual orientation, ancestry, political belief, familial status, or source of income, including participation in Section 8 or a rental assistance program.
[Amended 6-3-2013 by Ord. No. 15-13]
C. 
Applicability.
(1) 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to:
(a) 
The rental of housing in a building which contains housing accommodations for not more than two families living independently of each other, if the owner or members of his family reside in one of such housing accommodations; or
(b) 
The rental of a room or rooms for housing accommodations, if such rental is by the occupant of the housing accommodation, or by the owner of the housing accommodation and he or members of his family reside in such housing accommodation.
(2) 
The provisions of this section with respect to the prohibition of sex discrimination shall not apply to the rental of sleeping accommodations provided by associations and organizations which rent all such sleeping accommodations on a temporary or permanent basis for the exclusive use of persons of the same sex.
(3) 
The provisions of this section with respect to the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of marital status shall not be construed to prohibit the denial of housing accommodation to a man and a woman who are both unrelated by blood and not married to each other.
(4) 
The provisions of this section with respect to the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of age shall not apply to minors, to federal or state-aided or municipal housing for elderly persons, to special discount or other public or private programs to assist persons 60 years of age and older or to privately owned housing developed and maintained exclusively for persons within specified age groups.
(5) 
The provisions of this section with respect to the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of physical disability shall not require any person to modify his property in any way or provide a higher degree of care for a physically disabled person than for a person not physically disabled.
(6) 
Nothing in this section 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 dwellings which it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose to persons of the same religion or to members of the association or society, or prohibit a private club not in fact 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.

§ 156-3 Complaint procedure.

[Amended 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 06-16]
A. 
Any person who claims to have been injured by a violation of § 156-2 may file a complaint with the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management. Such a complaint shall be filed within 90 days after the alleged violation occurred. Complaints shall be in writing, shall state the facts upon which the violation is based and shall be verified. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management shall furnish a copy of the same to the person or persons allegedly committing the violation with the request that a verified answer be filed with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management within 20 days of receipt of the copy of the complaint.
B. 
After receipt of the answer or upon the expiration of the 20 days without receipt of an answer, the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management shall proceed to try to mediate the dispute and eliminate or correct the alleged violation by informal methods of conference, conciliation and persuasion. Nothing said or done in the course of such proceedings may be made public or used as evidence in a subsequent proceeding under this chapter without the written consent of the person concerned.
C. 
If the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management is unsuccessful in resolving the complaint, then the matter shall be referred to the State Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities or, if the violation of this chapter also constitutes a violation of a state or federal statute, to other appropriate state or federal authorities.