It is the policy of the Parish of St. Tammany to provide, within constitutional limitations, for
fair housing throughout the Parish of St. Tammany, Louisiana. (Ord. No. 80-69A, adopted
11/06/80; amended by Ord. No. 96-2377; adopted 02/15/96)
As used in this Article:
a. Dwelling - Any building, 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, structure or portion thereof.
b. Person - Includes a single individual.
c. Family - One or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers and fiduciaries.
d. To Rent - To lease, to sublease, to let and otherwise to grant for a consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant.
e. Discriminatory Housing Practice - An act that is unlawful under Sections 6-024.00 through 6-026.00. (Ord. No. 80-69A, adopted 11/06/80; amended by Ord. No. 96-2377, adopted 02/15/96)
(a) Subject to the provisions of Subsection 6-023.00(b) and Section 6-027.00, the
prohibitions against discrimination in the sale or rental of housing set forth in section 6-
024.00 shall apply to: all dwellings except as exempted by subsection 6-023.00(b).
(b) Nothing in section 6-024.00 (other than subsection 6-024.00(c)) shall apply to:
(1) Any single-family house sold or rented by an owner: provided, that such private individual owner does not own more than three (3) such single-family houses at any one time; provided, further, that in the case of the sale of any such single-family house by a private individual owner not residing in such house at the time of such sale or who was not the most recent resident of such house prior to such sale, the exemption granted by this subsection shall apply only with respect to one such sale within any twenty-four month period; provided, further, that such bona fide private individual owner does not own any interest in, nor is there owned or reserved on his behalf, under any express or voluntary agreement, title to or any right to all or a portion of the proceeds from the sale or rental of more than three (3) such single- family houses at any one time; provided further that the sale or rental of any such single-family house shall be exempted from the application of this title only if such house is sold or rented:
As made applicable by Section 6-023.00 and except as exempted by Subsection 6-
023.00(b) and Section 6-027.00, it shall be unlawful:
(a) 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, a dwelling to any person
because of race, color, religion or national origin.
(b) To discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of race, color, religion or national origin.
(c) To make, print or publish, or cause to be made, printed or published any notice, statement or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.
It shall be unlawful for any 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 commercial real estate loans, to deny a loan or other financial assistance to a
person applying therefor for the purpose of purchasing, constructing, improving, repairing or
maintaining a dwelling, or to discriminate against him in the fixing of the amount, interest rate,
duration or other terms or conditions of such loan or other financial assistance, because of
the race, color, religion or national origin of such person or of any person associated with him
in connection with such loan or other financial assistance or the purposes of such loan or
other financial assistance, or of the present or prospective owners, lessees, tenants or
occupants of the dwelling or dwellings in relation to which such loan or other financial
assistance is to be made or given; provided, that nothing contained in this Section shall
impair the scope or effectiveness of the exception contained in Section 6-023.00(b). (Ord.
No. 80-69A, adopted 11/06/80; amended by Ord. No. 96-2377, adopted 02/15/97)
It shall be unlawful to deny any person access to or membership or participation in any
multiple listing service, real estate brokers' organization or other service, organization or
facility relating to the business of selling or renting dwellings, or to discriminate against him in
the terms or conditions of such access, membership or participation, on account of race,
color, religion or national origin. (Ord. No. 80-69A, adopted 11/06/80; amended by Ord. No.
96-2377, adopted 02/15/96)
Nothing in this title 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 from giving preference to such persons, unless membership
in such religion is restricted on account of race, color or national origin. Nor shall anything in
this title 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. (Ord. No. 80-69A, adopted 11/06/80; Ord. No. 96-
2377, adopted 02/15/97)
It shall be unlawful to coerce, intimidate, threaten or interfere with any person in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his having exercised or enjoyed, or on account of his having aided or encouraged any other person in the exercise or enjoyment of any right
granted or protected by Sections 6-023.00 through 6-026.00. (Ord. No. 80-69A, adopted
11/06/80; Ord. No. 96-2377, adopted 02/15/96)
If any provision of this Article or the application thereto to any person or circumstances is
held invalid, the remainder of the Article and the application of the provision to other persons
not similarly situated or to other circumstances shall not be affected thereby. (Ord. No. 80-
69A, adopted 11/06/80; Ord. No. 96-2377, adopted 02/15/96)
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor,
and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine not to exceed TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS
($200.00) or imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both, as specified under Section
1.008.00 of the Code of Ordinances of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Discrimination
complaints may be filed with HUD. (Ord. No. 80-69A, adopted 11/06/80; amended by Ord.
No. 96-2377, adopted 02/15/96)