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When used herein:

A. “Real property” includes buildings, structures, lands, tenements, leaseholds, cooperatives and condominiums.

B. “Discrimination” or “discriminatory housing practice” means any difference in treatment based upon race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, source of income, disability or familial status; or domestic partnership status; or any act that is unlawful under this ordinance.

C. “Person” includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations and all other groups or combinations.

D. “Owner” includes a lessee, sub-lessee, co-tenant, assignee managing agent or other person having the right of ownership or possession, or the right to sell, rent or lease any housing accommodation.

E. “Financial Institution” includes any person, as defined herein, engaged in the business of lending money or guaranteeing losses.

F. “Housing accommodation” or “Dwelling” means any building, mobile home or trailer, structure, or portion thereof which is occupied as, or designed, or intended for occupancy, as, a residence by one or more families, and any vacant land which is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location thereon of any such building, mobile home or trailer, structure, or portion thereof or any real property, as defined herein, used or intended to be used for any of the purposes set forth in this subsection.

G. “Open Market” means the market comprised of members of the general public who become informed of the availability for sale, purchase, rental or lease to members of the general public of any housing accommodation, whether informed through a real estate broker or by advertising by publication, signs or by any other advertising methods directed to the public or any portion thereof, indicating that the property is available for sale, purchase, rental or lease.

H. “Older Person” A person of age fifty-five (55) or older.

I. “Familial” Means a relationship between one or more individuals who have not attained 18 years of age and an adult with whom the individual(s) is (are) domiciled and who is (1) a parent or person having legal custody of the individual(s), or (2) an adult to whom such parent or person having such custody has given written permission to provide housing for the individual(s). “Familial” also includes the characteristic of being an individual, regardless of age or domicile, who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of an individual who has not attained 18 years of age.

J. “Disability” means a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. “Disability” includes having a record of such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment

K. “Sexual orientation” means attraction to or selection of a sexual partner according to gender. “Sexual orientation” includes having a history of that attraction or selection, or being identified with that attraction or selection. “Sexual orientation” is limited to heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.

L. “Source of Income” means the type of financial resources a person uses to support himself or herself and his or her dependents, including but not limited to money and property from any occupation, profession or activity, from any contract, settlement or agreement, from federal or state payments, grants, scholarships, loans, Federal Student Aid, Social Security benefits, Section 8 housing choice voucher assistance, court ordered payments, gifts, bequests, annuities, life insurance policies, pensions, retirement savings, and compensation for illness or injury. Source of income does not include income derived from a specific occupation or income derived in a manner made illegal or criminal by any law State or Local statute or ordinance.

M. “Gender Identity” means a person’s actual or perceived sex, including a person’s, appearance, expression or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance, expression or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s sex at birth.

N. “Fair Housing Officer” means the City Attorney or designee who will serve as the designated Fair Housing Officer.

O. “National Origin” means a person’s country of birth or ancestry.

P. “Age” means having the characteristic of being 18 years of age or older or having received a decree of emancipation from the State of Oregon pursuant to ORS 419B.552.

Q. “Domestic partnership” means a relationship between two persons who meet the following requirements: live as a family in a relationship of mutual support, caring and commitment, and intend to remain in such a relationship; neither is married or the domestic partner of any other person; are each 18 years of age or older; are not related by blood kinship closer than would bar marriage in the State of Oregon; and are mentally competent to consent to contract. Domestic partnership shall also be demonstrated by having registered, certified or affirmed the relationship with any appropriate, legally established registry with substantially similar criteria within any jurisdiction in the United States. (Ord. 3131, amended, 2016; Ord. 3077, amended, 11/06/2012; Ord. 2713, amended, 1993)