§ 34-37-1 Finding and declaration of policy
§ 34-37-2 Right to equal housing opportunities — Civil rights
§ 34-37-2.1 Right to equal housing opportunities — Age
§ 34-37-2.2 Right to equal housing opportunities — Sexual orientation
§ 34-37-2.3 Right to equal housing opportunities — Gender identity or expression
§ 34-37-2.4 Right to equal housing opportunities — Victims of domestic violence status
§ 34-37-3 Definitions
§ 34-37-4 Unlawful housing practices
§ 34-37-4.1 Discrimination in familial status — Exemptions
§ 34-37-4.2 Exemptions — Religious organizations and private clubs
§ 34-37-4.3 Discrimination in granting credit or loans prohibited
§ 34-37-4.4 Discrimination based on sexual orientation — Exemption
§ 34-37-4.5 Discrimination based on gender identity or expression — Exemption
§ 34-37-5 Prevention of unlawful housing practices
§ 34-37-5.1 Interference, coercion, or intimidation
§ 34-37-5.2 Discrimination in brokerage services
§ 34-37-5.3 Fostering of segregated housing prohibited
§ 34-37-5.4 Discrimination in residential real estate related transactions
§ 34-37-5.5 Freedom of condominium owners and apartment renters to display certain religious items
§ 34-37-6 Judicial review and enforcement
§ 34-37-8 Appropriation
§ 34-37-9 Construction
§ 34-37-10 Severability
§ 34-37-11 Short title

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws > Chapter 34-37 - Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act

  • Age: means anyone over the age of eighteen (18). See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Armed forces: means the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, or Air Force of the United States and the Rhode Island National Guard. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Commission: means the Rhode Island commission for human rights created by § 28-5-8. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Disability: means a disability as defined in § 42-87-1. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Discriminate: includes segregate, separate, or otherwise differentiate between or among individuals because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military status as a veteran with an honorable discharge or an honorable or general administrative discharge, servicemember in the armed forces, country of ancestral origin, disability, age, housing status, or familial status or because of the race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military status as a veteran with an honorable discharge or an honorable or general administrative discharge, servicemember in the armed forces, country of ancestral origin, disability, age, housing status, or familial status of any person with whom they are, or may wish to be, associated. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Familial status: means one or more individuals who have not attained the age of eighteen (18) years being domiciled with:

    (A) A parent or another person having legal custody of the individual or individuals; or

    (B) The designee of the parent or other person having the custody, with the written permission of the parent or other person, provided that, if the individual is not a relative or legal dependent of the designee, that the individual shall have been domiciled with the designee for at least six (6) months. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3

  • gender identity or expression: includes a person's actual or perceived gender, as well as a person's gender identity, gender-related self image, gender-related appearance, or gender-related expression; whether or not that gender identity, gender-related self image, gender-related appearance, or gender-related expression is different from that traditionally associated with the person's sex at birth. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Housing accommodation: includes any building or structure, or portion of any building or structure, or any parcel of land, developed or undeveloped, that is occupied or is intended, designed, or arranged to be occupied, or to be developed for occupancy, as the home or residence of one or more persons. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • housing status: means the status of having or not having a fixed or regular residence, including the status of living on the streets or in a homeless shelter or similar temporary residence. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • in writing: include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • oath: includes affirmation; the word "sworn" includes affirmed; and the word "engaged" includes either sworn or affirmed. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-11
  • Owner: includes any person having the right to sell, rent, lease, or manage a housing accommodation. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Person: includes one or more individuals, partnerships, associations, organizations, corporations, labor organizations, mutual companies, joint stock companies, trusts, receivers, legal representatives, trustees, other fiduciaries, or real estate brokers or real estate salespersons as defined in chapter 20. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Preliminary hearing: A hearing where the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to make the defendant have a trial.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • real estate: may be construed to include lands, tenements, and hereditaments and rights thereto and interests therein. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-10
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Senior citizen: means a person sixty-two (62) years of age or older. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • sexual orientation: means having, or being perceived as having, an orientation for heterosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexuality. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: include the several states and the territories of the United States. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-8
  • victim: means a family or household member and all other persons contained within the definition of those terms as defined in § 12-29-2. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3