[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Monroe 12-18-1967 by Ord. No. 944. Amendments noted where applicable.]
General penalty — See § 1-27.
Public nuisances — See Ch. 458.
Uniform housing code — See Ch. 525.
Rental properties — See Ch. 550.
Civil Rights Law — See MCLA § 37.1 et seq.
Housing generally — See MCLA § 125.651 et seq.
Discrimination in government housing — See MCLA §§ 750.146, 750.147.
It is hereby found that discrimination in housing adversely affects the continued development, renewal, growth and progress of the people of the City and of the City itself and that such discrimination is injurious to the public health, safety and general welfare of the City and the people thereof.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- DISCRIMINATE and DISCRIMINATION
- Any difference in treatment of individuals or groups in the sale, lease, rental or financing of housing units, real estate or housing accommodations because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry or national or sectional origin.
- FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
- Any person regularly engaged in the business of lending money or guaranteeing loans on real property.
- The lessee, lessor, sublessee, sublessor, assignee, assignor, managing agent or other person having the right of ownership or possession or the right to sell, rent or lease any housing accommodation or any part thereof.
- An association, partnership or corporation, as well as a natural person. "Person," as applied to partnerships, means the partnership and the partners thereof, and, as applied to corporations, means the corporation and the officers thereof.
- REAL ESTATE BROKER AND AGENT
- Any natural person, partnership, association or corporation who or which, for a fee or other valuable consideration, sells, purchases, exchanges, rents or negotiates or attempts to negotiate the sale, purchase, exchange or rental of real property, or holds himself or herself out as licensed in the business of selling, purchasing, exchanging or renting the real property of another, or collects rental for the use of the real property of another.
- To sell, rent, lease, sublease or assign real property.
No owner of real property, lessee, lessor, sublessee, sublessor, real estate broker or salesman, lender, financial institution, advertiser or agent of any of the foregoing shall discriminate against any person because of his or her religion, race, color or national or sectional origin, or against any person because of the religion, race, color or national or sectional origin of his or her friends or associates, in regards to the sale, rental of or dealings concerning real property located in the City.
Nothing in this chapter shall require an owner to offer property to the public at large before selling or renting it, nor shall this chapter be deemed to prohibit owners from giving preference to prospective tenants or their buyers for any reasons other than religion, race, color or national or sectional origin.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed so as to limit the rights of access by an individual to remedies before the Civil Rights Commission of this state or before the courts of this state on an individual basis, or so as to prohibit the cooperation between the City and the Civil Rights Commission.
This chapter shall not apply to the rental of a room or rooms to three or fewer persons in a single-family dwelling or a two-family unit, the remainder of which dwelling unit is occupied by the owner or a member of his or her immediate family, or a lessee of the entire dwelling unit or a member of his or her immediate family.