North Dakota Century Code Title 14. Domestic Relations and Persons § 14-02.5-01. Definitions

The definitions in section 14-02.4-02 may be used to supplement the definitions in this chapter.  In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. “Aggrieved person” includes any person who claims to have been injured by a discriminatory housing practice or believes that the person will be injured by a discriminatory housing practice that is about to occur.

2. “Complainant” means a person, including the department, that files a complaint under section 14-02.5-18 .

3. “Conciliation” means the informal negotiations among an aggrieved person, the respondent, and the department to resolve issues raised by a complaint or by the investigation of the complaint.

4. “Conciliation agreement” means a written agreement resolving the issues in conciliation.

5. “Department” means the department of labor and human rights.

6. “Disability” means a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity, a record of this impairment, or being regarded as having this impairment.  The term does not include current illegal use or addiction to any drug or illegal or federally controlled substance and does not apply to an individual because of an individual's sexual orientation or because that individual is a transvestite.

7. “Discriminatory housing practice” means an act prohibited by sections 14-02.5-02 through 14-02.5-08 or conduct that is an offense under section 14-02.5-45 .

8. “Dwelling” means any structure or part of a structure that is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or more families or vacant land that is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location of a structure or part of a structure as previously described.

9. “Familial status” means one or more minors being domiciled with a parent or another person having legal custody of the minor or minors;  or the designee of the parent or other person having such custody with the written permission of the parent or other person.  The protections afforded against discrimination on the basis of familial status apply to any person who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of any minor.

10. “Family” includes a single individual.

11. “Respondent” means a person accused of a violation of this chapter in a complaint of discriminatory housing practice or a person identified as an additional or substitute respondent under section 14-02.5-21 or an agent of an additional or substitute respondent.

12. “To rent” includes to lease, sublease, or let, or to grant in any other manner, for a consideration, the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant.


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