To Whom Does It Apply?
North Olmsted's Fair Housing Code applies to Landlords, Rental and Real Estate Agents, Financial Institutions and other persons who participate in the sale or rental of a home or apartment.
The Fair Housing Code protects 'persons of an ascribed status' from discrimination. Ascribed status means a person's race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, familial status, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or handicap. 'Familial status' means the presence of one or more persons who are under the age of 18 who live with their parent, a legal guardian, or designee of the parent with the parent's written permission; any person who is pregnant, or any person who is seeking custody of a person who is under 18. 'Handicap' simple means a having a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of that person's major life, a record of having such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment. A person who might otherwise fall under the definition of handicapped can be denied housing if that persons tenancy would be a direct threat to other individuals, or would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others.