Village of Shorewood, WI
Milwaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Shorewood as Ch. 13, Art. 10 and § 13-1703 of the 1986 Code; amended in its entirety 10-4-2010 by Ord. No. 1974. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
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It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Village of Shorewood, pursuant to the United States and Wisconsin Constitutions and by virtue of its power and authority to protect the public health and safety and promote the general welfare, that all persons, regardless of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, ancestry, disability or family status, shall be accorded fair and equal access to housing in the Village of Shorewood.
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The provisions of § 106.50, Wis. Stats., entitled "Open Housing," of Wisconsin Statutes 2007 - 2008, and as hereinafter amended, are hereby incorporated by reference and made a part hereof as if fully set forth herein. In case of conflict, the provisions of said state law shall govern.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACCOMMODATION
Includes any room, apartment, house, building or structure, any part of which is used for human habitation on a temporary or permanent basis.
DISCRIMINATE, DISCRIMINATION, DISCRIMINATING
To segregate, separate, exclude or treat any person unequally only because of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, ancestry, disability or family status, and shall refer to any type of act or refusal to act prohibited by § 283-3 but shall not include and shall exempt herefrom acts exempted or excluded by § 283-4 under this chapter.
DWELLING UNIT
That portion of a residential dwelling or building which is used or intended to be used as a residence by one person or by two or more persons who are maintaining a common household, to the exclusion of all others.
FAMILY STATUS
Any of the following conditions that apply to a person seeking to rent or purchase housing or to a member or prospective member of the person's household regardless of the person's marital status:
A. 
A person is pregnant.
B. 
A person is in the process of securing sole or joint legal custody, periods of physical placement or visitation rights of a minor child.
C. 
A person's household includes one or more minor or adult relatives.
D. 
A person's household includes one or more adults or minor children in his or her legal custody or physical placement or with whom he or she has visitation rights.
E. 
A person's household includes one or more adults or minor children placed in his or her care under a court order, under a guardianship or with the written permission of a parent or other person having legal custody of the adult or minor child.
HOUSING
Any improved property which is used or occupied or intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied as a home or residence. "Housing" includes any vacant land that is offered for sale or rent for the construction of any building that is intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied as a home or residence.
OWNER-OCCUPIED DWELLING
A building used for human habitation in which the owner thereof maintains his permanent living quarters.
PERSON
Includes any individual or any entity. "Entity" includes but is not limited to a partnership, labor or other association, corporation, limited liability company, legal representative, receiver, trustee, trustee in bankruptcy or other fiduciary, or the lessee, proprietor, manager, employee or any other agent of any such person.
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It shall be a prohibited discriminatory practice for any person to:
(1) 
Print, publish, circulate, issue, display, post, mail or communicate in any other way any announcement, statement, advertisement, publication or sign, the import of which indicates a decision or purpose to impair in any way the access of any person, on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, ancestry, disability or family status, to any transferable interest in any housing or housing accommodation.
(2) 
Refuse to sell, lease, sublease, rent, or in any other manner deny, withhold or impair the transfer of title, leasehold or any other interest in any part of any housing or housing accommodation, when such refusal is based on a consideration of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, ancestry, disability or family status of the person refused.
(3) 
Refuse to lend money or security, guarantee any loan, accept any mortgage or in any other manner make available any other funds or resources for the construction, acquisition, purchase, rehabilitation, repair or maintenance of any housing or housing accommodation, when such refusal is based on a consideration of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, ancestry, disability or family status of the person refused.
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It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to do, or refuse to do, any act which accomplishes the objectives of any activity prohibited by this chapter.
Nothing in this chapter.
A. 
Shall be deemed to prohibit any person from selling or refusing to sell; renting or refusing to rent; leasing or refusing to lease; financing or refusing to finance; contracting or refusing to contract to construct housing for any person for any reason other than because of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, ancestry, disability or family status.
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Prohibits an owner or agent from requiring that a person who seeks to buy or rent housing supply information concerning family, marital, financial and business status, but not concerning sex, race, color, disability, sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, age, ancestry, national origin, religion or creed.
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Prohibits discrimination based on age or family status with respect to housing for older persons as set forth in § 106.50 (lm) (m) Wis. Stats.
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Shall prohibit the development of housing designed specifically for persons with disabilities and preference in favor of persons with disabilities in relation to such housing.
E. 
Notwithstanding that discrimination based on family status is prohibited, it is not discrimination to comply with any reasonable federal, state or local government restrictions relating to the maximum number of occupants permitted to occupy a dwelling unit.
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The provisions of this ordinance shall be administered and enforced by the Village Manager. In addition to or as an alternative to local enforcement, the Village Manager is hereby authorized to refer complaints of violations of the provisions of this ordinance to the Division of Equal Rights of the Department of Workforce Development of the State of Wisconsin for appropriate action as provided for under § 106.50, Wis. Stats.
Except where a penalty is otherwise prescribed, the penalty for violation of any provision of this chapter shall be as set forth in § 115-1 of the Village Code.