For the purposes of this chapter, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:”Aggrieved person” means any person who (i) claims to have been injured by a discriminatory housing practice or (ii) believes that such person will be injured by a discriminatory housing practice that is about to occur.”Complainant” means a person, including the Fair Housing Board, who files a complaint under § 36-96.9.”Conciliation” means the attempted resolution of issues raised by a complainant, or by the investigation of such complaint, through informal negotiations involving the aggrieved person, the respondent, their respective authorized representatives and the Fair Housing Board.”Conciliation agreement” means a written agreement setting forth the resolution of the issues in conciliation.”Discriminatory housing practices” means an act that is unlawful under §§ 36-96.3, 36-96.4, 36-96.5, or § 36-96.6.”Dwelling” means any building, structure, or portion thereof, that is occupied as, or designated or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or more families, and any vacant land that is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location thereon of any such building, structure, or portion thereof.”Elderliness” means an individual who has attained his fifty-fifth birthday.”Familial status” means one or more individuals who have not attained the age of 18 years being domiciled with (i) a parent or other person having legal custody of such individual or individuals or (ii) the designee of such parent or other person having custody with the written permission of such parent or other person. The term “familial status” also includes any person who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years. For purposes of this section, “in the process of securing legal custody” means having filed an appropriate petition to obtain legal custody of such minor in a court of competent jurisdiction.”Family” includes a single individual, whether male or female.”Handicap” means, with respect to a person, (i) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities; (ii) a record of having such an impairment; or (iii) being regarded as having such an impairment. The term does not include current, illegal use of, or addiction to a controlled substance as defined in Virginia or federal law. Neither the term “individual with handicap” nor the term “handicap” shall apply to an individual solely because that individual is a transvestite.”Lending institution” includes any bank, savings institution, credit union, insurance company or mortgage lender.”Person” means one or more individuals, whether male or female, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, fair housing organizations, civil rights organizations, organizations, governmental entities, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers and fiduciaries.”Respondent” means any person or other entity alleged to have violated the provisions of this chapter, as stated in a complaint filed under the provisions of this chapter and any other person joined pursuant to the provisions of § 36-96.9.”Restrictive covenant” means any specification in any instrument affecting title to real property that purports to limit the use, occupancy, transfer, rental, or lease of any dwelling because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap.”To rent” means to lease, to sublease, to let, or otherwise to grant for consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant.
1972, c. 591, § 36-87; 1973, c. 358; 1978, c. 138; 1989, c. 88; 1991, c. 557; 1992, c. 322; 1996, c. 77; 2003, c. 575.