For purposes of this chapter:

(1) "Commission" means the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission.

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(2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission.

(3) "Covered multi-family dwellings" means:

(a) buildings consisting of four or more units if the buildings have one or more elevators; and

(b) ground floor units in other buildings consisting of four or more units.

(4) "Discriminatory housing practice" means an act that is unlawful under this chapter.

(5) "Dwelling" means any building or structure, or portion of any building or structure, 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 on it of any such building or structure, or portion of it.

(6)(a) "Familial status" means one or more individuals who have not attained the age of eighteen years and are domiciled with:

(i) a parent or another person having legal custody of the individual; or

(ii) the designee of the parent or other person having the custody, with the written permission of the parent or other person.

(b) 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 individual who has not attained the age of eighteen years.

(7) "Handicap" means, with respect to a person:

(a) a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of the person’s major life activities;

(b) a record of having such an impairment; or

(c) being regarded as having an impairment.

The term "handicap" excludes current, illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance as defined by law.

(8) "Housing for older persons" means housing:

(a) provided under any state or federal program that the commissioner determines is designed specifically and operated to assist elderly persons, as defined in the state or federal program; or

(b) intended for, and solely occupied by persons sixty-two years of age or older; or

(c) intended and operated for occupancy by at least one person fifty-five years of age or older for each unit. In determining whether housing qualifies as housing intended and operated for occupancy by at least one person fifty-five years of age or older, the commissioner shall develop regulations which require at least the following factors:

(i) the existence of significant facilities and services specifically designed to meet the physical or social needs of older persons or, if the provision of the facilities and services is not practicable, that the housing is necessary to provide important housing opportunities for older persons; and

(ii) that at least eighty percent of the dwellings are occupied by at least one person fifty-five years of age or older for each unit; and

(iii) the publication of and adherence to policies and procedures which demonstrate an intent by the owner or manager to provide housing for persons fifty-five years of age or older.

(d) that does not fail to meet the requirements for housing for older persons by reason of:

(i) persons residing in this housing as of the date of enactment of this chapter who do not meet the requirements of subitem (b) or (c); or

(ii) unoccupied units, provided that these units are reserved for occupancy by persons who meet the new requirements of subitem (b) or (c).

(9) "Person" includes 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.

(10) "To rent" includes to lease, to sublease, to let, and otherwise to grant for a consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant.