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The Administrator is appointed by the Governor and serves at his pleasure. The Administrator's duties and power and authority are those enumerated in the Georgia Fair Housing Law of 1988, as amended, codified as O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-200&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-200</a>, <I>et seq.</I>, including rule making authority specified in O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-206&amp;title=8#8-3-206(d)(5)" target="_newtab">8-3-206(d)(5)</a>. The Commission on Equal Opportunity is attached to the Office of the Governor for administrative purposes only. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.01(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against should send a complaint to: The Commission on Equal Opportunity, 710 Cain Tower, Peachtree Center, 229 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1605.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.01(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Equal Opportunity. The Board of Commissioners on the Commission on Equal Opportunity consists of nine (9) members appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate; the Board's duties, power and authority are those enumerated in the Fair Employment Practices Act, as amended, codified as O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=45-19-20&amp;title=45#" target="_newtab">45-19-20</a>, <I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/186-2-.02" name="186-2-.02" title="186-2-.02">Rule 186-2-.02 Discriminatory Conduct Under the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as Amended</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> GENERAL. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Authority. This regulation is issued under the authority of the Administrator of the Commission on Equal Opportunity to administer and enforce the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Scope. It is the policy of the State of Georgia to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the State. No person shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin in the sale, rental, or advertising of dwellings, in the provision of brokerage services, or in the availability of residential real estate-related transactions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This part provides the Commission's interpretation of the coverage of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, regarding discrimination related to the sale or rental of dwellings, the provision of services in connection therewith, and the availability of residential real estate-related transactions.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Exemptions these rules do not: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> 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 because of race, color, or national origin; <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibit a private club that is, or whose membership is, not in fact open to the public, which, 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;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Limit the applicability of any reasonable local, state or federal restrictions regarding the maximum number of occupants permitted to occupy a dwelling; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibit conduct against a person because such person has been convicted by any court of competent jurisdiction of the illegal manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance, as defined in O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-13-21&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-13-21</a>.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Nothing in this part regarding discrimination based on familial status applies with respect to housing for older persons, as defined in Rule <a title="186-2-.02(5)" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(5)">186-2-.02(5)</a><I><I>et seq</I></I>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Nothing in this part, other than the prohibitions against discriminatory advertising applies to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The sale or rental of any single family dwelling by an owner, provided the following conditions are met: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)3.(i)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the owner does not own or have any interest in more than three single family dwellings at any one time.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)3.(i)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the dwelling is sold or rented without the use of a real estate broker, agent, salesperson, or employee or the facilities of any person in the business of selling or renting dwellings. If the owner selling the dwelling does not reside in it at the time of the sale or was not the most recent resident of the house prior to such sale, the exemption in this paragraph and in subsection (1) hereof applies only to one such sale in any 24-month period.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Rooms or units in dwellings containing living quarters occupied or intended to be occupied by no more than four families living independently of each other, if the owner actually maintains and occupies one of such living quarters as his or her residence.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Definitions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The "Act" or the "Georgia Fair Housing Law" means Article 4 of Chapter 3 of Title 8, cited herein as O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-200&amp;title=8&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">8-3-200</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The "Administrator" means the Administrator of the Commission on Equal Opportunity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The "Board" means the entire Board of Commissioners or a three-member panel designated from the Board of Commissioners. The Board has all the power and authority granted to agencies in conducting hearings and rendering final orders under Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act," including, but not limited to, subpoena power. If presiding as a three-member panel, the Board shall include at least one attorney who is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Broker" or "agent" includes any person authorized to perform an act on behalf of another person regarding any matter related to providing access to any residential real estate-related transaction including offers, solicitations or contracts and the administration of matters pertaining to such offers, solicitations or contracts or any residential real estate-related transactions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The "Commission" means the Commission on Equal Opportunity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The "Complaint" is the document (and all subsequent amendments thereto) which contains a statement of the facts which form the basis for the Complainant's allegations that the Respondent(s) may have violated the Act. Each complaint must be in writing and must be signed and affirmed by the complainant or the aggrieved person filing the complaint or, if the complaint is filed by the Commission, by the Administrator.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Familial status" means one or more individuals (who have not attained the age of 18 years) being domiciled with: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)7.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a parent or another person having legal custody of such individual or individuals; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)7.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the designee of such parent or other person having such custody, with the written permission of such parent or other person. <P>The protection afforded against discrimination on the basis of familial status shall 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 18 years.</P> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Family" includes a single individual.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Hearing" means that part of the administrative proceeding that involves the submission of evidence before the Board of Commissioners, either by oral presentation or written submission, and includes the submission of briefs and oral arguments on the evidence and applicable law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Party" means a person or agency named or admitted as a party to a proceeding or who intervenes in the proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Prohibited basis" means discrimination perpetrated against another because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, handicap or disability, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Residential real estate-related transaction" means: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)12.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the making or purchasing of loans or providing other financial assistance; <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)12.(i)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> for purchasing, constructing, improving, repairing or maintaining a dwelling; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)12.(i)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> secured by residential real estate; or</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(1)(d)12.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the selling, brokering, or appraising of residential real property.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICES. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Real Estate Practices Prohibited. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This rule provides the Administrator's interpretation of conduct that is unlawful housing discrimination under sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-202</a>, 203, 204, and 222 of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended. In general, the prohibited actions are set forth under sections of this subpart which are most applicable to the discriminatory conduct described. However, an action illustrated in one section can constitute a violation under sections in the subpart. For example, the conduct described in Rule <a title="186-2-.02(b) 2" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(b) 2">186-2-.02(b) 2</a>.(iii) would constitute a violation of Rule <a title="186-2-.02(b) 1" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(b) 1">186-2-.02(b) 1</a>. as well as Rule <a title="186-2-.02(c) 1" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(c) 1">186-2-.02(c) 1</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful for a person to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> refuse to sell or rent a dwelling after a <B>bona fide</B> offer has been made, or to refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of a dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin, or to discriminate in the sale or rental of a dwelling because of handicap.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> discriminate in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provisions of services or facilities in connections with sales or rentals, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Engage in any conduct relating to the provision of housing which otherwise makes unavailable or denies dwellings to persons because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> 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 because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or any intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Represent to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin that a dwelling is not available for sale or rental when such dwelling is in fact available.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)2.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Engage in blockbusting practices in connection with the sale or rental of dwellings because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)2.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Deny access to or membership or participation in, or to discriminate against any person in his or her access to or membership or participation in, any multiple-listing service, real estate brokers' association, or other service organization or facility relating to the business of selling or renting a dwelling or in the terms or conditions or membership or participation, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The application of the Georgia Fair Housing Law with respect to persons with handicaps and disabilities is discussed in Rule <a title="186-2-.02(4)" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(4)">186-2-.02(4)</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unlawful to sell or rent or to negotiate for the sale or rental. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful for a person to refuse to sell or rent a dwelling to a person who has made a <B>bona fide</B> offer, because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin or to refuse to negotiate with a person for the sale or rental of a dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin, or to discriminate against any person in the sale or rental of a dwelling because of handicap.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibited actions under this section include, but are not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(b)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to accept or consider a <B>bona fide</B> offer because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(b)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Refusing to sell or rent a dwelling to, or to negotiate for the sale or rental of a dwelling with any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(b)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Imposing different sales prices or rental charges for the sale or rental of a dwelling upon any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(b)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Using different qualification criteria or applications, or sale or rental standards or procedures, such as income standards, application requirements, application fees, credit analysis or sale or rental approval procedures or other requirements, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(b)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evicting tenants because of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin or because of the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin of a tenant's guest.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discrimination in terms, conditions and privileges and in services and facilities. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, to impose different terms, conditions or privileges relating to the sale or rental of a dwelling or to deny or limit services or facilities in connection with the sale or rental of a dwelling.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibited actions under this section include, but are not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(c)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Using different provisions in leases or contracts of sale, such as those relating to rental charges, security deposits and the terms of a lease and those relating to down payment and closing requirements, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(c)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing or delaying maintenance or repairs of sale or rental dwellings because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(c)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to process an offer for the sale or rental of a dwelling or to communicate an offer accurately because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(c)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Limiting the use of privileges, services or facilities associated with a dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin of an owner, tenant or a person associated with him or her.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(c)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denying or limiting services or facilities in connection with the sale or rental of a dwelling, because a person failed or refused to provide sexual favors.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Other prohibited sale and rental conduct. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, to restrict or attempt to restrict the choices of a person by word or conduct in connection with seeking, negotiating for, buying or renting a dwelling so as to perpetuate, or tend to perpetuate, segregated housing pattern, or to discourage or obstruct choices in a community, neighborhood or development.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, to engage in any conduct relating to the provision of housing or of services and facilities in connection therewith that otherwise makes unavailable or denies dwellings to persons.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibited actions under paragraph 1. of this section, which are generally referred to as unlawful steering practices, include, but are not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discouraging any person from inspecting, purchasing or renting a dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or because of the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin of persons in a community, neighborhood or development.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discouraging the purchase or rental of a dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, by exaggerating drawbacks or failing to inform any person of desirable features of a dwelling or of a community, neighborhood, or development.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Communicating to any prospective purchaser that he or she would not be comfortable or compatible with existing residents of a community, neighborhood, or development because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)3.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Assigning any person to a particular section of a community, neighborhood or development, or to a particular floor of a building, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibited activities relating to dwellings under paragraph 2. of this section include, but are not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discharging or taking other adverse action against an employee, broker or agent because he or she refused to participate in a discriminatory housing practice.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Employing codes or other devices to segregate or reject applicants, purchasers or renters, refusing to take or to show listings of dwellings in certain areas because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or refusing to deal with certain brokers or agents because they or one or more of their clients are of a particular race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)4.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denying or delaying the processing of an application made by a purchaser or renter or refusing to approve such a person for occupancy in a cooperative or condominium dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(d)4.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Refusing to provide municipal services or property or hazard insurance for dwellings or providing such services or insurance differently because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discriminatory advertisements, statements and notices. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful 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 which indicates any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The prohibitions in this section shall apply to all written or oral notices or statements by a person engaged in the sale or rental of a dwelling. Written notices and statements include any applications, flyers, brochures, deeds, signs, banners, posters, billboards, or any documents used with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discriminatory notices, statements and advertisements include, but are not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(e)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Using words, phrases, photographs, illustrations, symbols or forms which convey that dwellings are available or not available to a particular group of persons because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(e)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Expressing to agents, brokers, employees, prospective sellers or renters or any other persons a preference for a limitation on any purchaser or renter because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin of such persons.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(e)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Selecting media or locations for advertising the sale or rental of dwellings which deny particular segments of the housing marketing information about housing opportunities because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(e)3.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Refusing to publish advertising for the sale or rental of dwellings or requiring different charges or terms for such advertising because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(e)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Rule <a title="186-2-.06" href="186-2-.06">186-2-.06</a><I>et seq.</I> provide information to assist persons to advertise dwellings in a nondiscriminatory manner and describes the matters the Commission will review in evaluating compliance with the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, and in investigating complaints alleging discriminatory housing practices involving advertising.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discriminatory representations on the availability of dwellings. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, to provide inaccurate or untrue information about the availability of dwellings for sale or rental.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibited actions under this section include, but are not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(f)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Indicating through words or conduct that a dwelling which is available for inspection, sale, or rental has been sold or rented, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(f)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Representing that covenants or other deed, trust or lease provisions which purport to restrict the sale or rental of dwellings because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin preclude the sale or rental of a dwelling to a person.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(f)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Enforcing covenants or other deed, trust, or lease provisions which preclude the sale or rental of a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(f)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Limiting information, by word or conduct, regarding suitably priced dwellings available for inspection, sale, or rental, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(f)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Providing false or inaccurate information regarding the availability of a dwelling for sale or rental to any person, including testers, regardless of whether such person is actually seeking housing, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Blockbusting. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(g)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful, for profit, to induce or attempt to induce a person to sell or rent a dwelling by representations regarding entry or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person or persons of a particular race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or with a handicap.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(g)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In establishing a discriminatory housing practice under this section it is not necessary that there was in fact profit as long as profit was a factor for engaging in the blockbusting activity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(g)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibited actions under this section include, but are not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(g)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Engaging, for profit, in conduct (including uninvited solicitations for listings) which conveys to a person that a neighborhood is undergoing or is about to undergo a change in the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin of persons residing in it, in order to encourage the person to offer a dwelling for sale or rental.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(g)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Encouraging, for profit, any person to sell or rent a dwelling through assertions that the entry or prospective entry of persons of a particular race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin, or with handicaps, can or will result in undesirable consequences for the project, neighborhood, or community, such as a lowering of property values, an increase in criminal or antisocial behavior, or a decline in the quality of schools or other services or facilities.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discrimination in the provision of brokerage services. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(h)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> 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 any person in the terms of conditions of such access, membership or participation, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(h)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibited actions under this section include, but are not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(h)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Setting different fees for access to or membership in a multiple listing service because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(h)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Denying or limiting benefits accruing to members in a real estate brokers' organization because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(h)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Imposing different standards or criteria for membership in a real estate sales or rental organization because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(2)(h)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Establishing geographic boundaries or office location or residence requirements for 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, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> DISCRIMINATION IN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE-RELATED TRANSACTIONS. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discriminatory practices in residential real estate-related transactions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This subpart provides the Commission's interpretation of the conduct that is unlawful housing discrimination under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-204&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-204</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful for any person or other entity whose business includes engaging in residential real estate-related transactions to discriminate against any person in making available such a transaction, or in the terms or conditions of such a transaction, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Residential real estate-related transactions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The term residential "real estate-related transactions" means: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(b)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The making or purchasing of loans or providing other financial assistance: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(b)1.(i)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For purchasing, constructing, improving, repairing or maintaining a dwelling; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(b)1.(i)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Secured by residential real estate; or</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(b)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The selling, brokering or appraising of residential real property.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discrimination in the making of loans and in the provision of other financial assistance. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful for any person or entity whose business includes engaging in residential real estate-related transactions to discriminate against any person in making available loans or other financial assistance for a dwelling, or which is or is to be secured by a dwelling, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibited practices under this section include, but are not limited to, failing or refusing to provide to any person, in connection with a residential real estate-related transaction, information regarding the availability of loans or other financial assistance, application requirements, procedures or standards for the review and approval of loans or financial assistance, or providing information which is inaccurate or different from that provided others, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discrimination in the purchasing of loans. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful for any person or entity engaged in the purchasing of loans or other debts or securities which support the purchase, construction, improvement, repair or maintenance of a dwelling, or which are secured by residential real estate, to refuse to purchase such loans, debts, or securities, or to impose different terms or conditions for such purchases, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unlawful conduct under this section includes, but is not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(d)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Purchasing loans or other debts or securities which relate to, or which are secured by dwellings in certain communities or neighborhoods but not in others because of the race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin of persons in such neighborhoods or communities.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(d)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Pooling or packaging loans or other debts or securities which related to, or which are secured by, dwellings differently because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(d)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Imposing or using different terms or conditions on the marketing or sale of securities issued on the basis of loans or other debts or securities which relate to, or which are secured by, dwellings because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This section does not prevent consideration, in the purchasing of loans, of factors justified by business necessity, including requirements of Federal law, relating to a transaction's financial security or to protection against default or reduction of the value of the security. Thus, this provision would not preclude considerations employed in normal and prudent transactions, provided that no such factor may in any way relate to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discrimination in the terms and conditions for making available loans or other financial assistance. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful for any person or entity engaged in the making of loans or the provision of other financial assistance relating to the purchase, construction, improvement, repair or maintenance of dwellings, or which are secured by residential real estate to impose different terms or conditions for the availability of such loans or other financial assistance because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unlawful conduct under this section includes, but is not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(e)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Using different policies, practices or procedures in evaluating or in determining credit worthiness of any person in connection with the provision of any loan or other financial assistance for a dwelling or for any loan or other financial assistance which is secured by residential real estate because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(e)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Determining the type of loan or other financial assistance to be provided with respect to a dwelling, or fixing the amount, interest rate, duration or other terms for a loan or other financial assistance for a dwelling or which is secured by residential real estate, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unlawful practices in the selling, brokering, or appraising of residential real property. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful for any person or other entity whose business includes engaging in the selling, brokering or appraising of residential real property to discriminate against any person in making available such services, or in the performance of such services, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For the purposes of this section, the term "appraisal" means an estimate or opinion of the value of a specified residential real property made in a business context in connection with the sale, rental, financing or refinancing of a dwelling or in connection with any activity that otherwise affects the availability of a residential real estate-related transaction, whether the appraisal is oral or written, or transmitted formally or informally. The appraisal includes all written comments and other documents submitted as support for the estimate or opinion of value.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(f)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Nothing in this section prohibits a person engaged in the business of making or furnishing appraisals of residential real property from taking into consideration factors other than race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(3)(f)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Practices which are unlawful under this section include, but are not limited to, using an appraisal of residential real property in connection with the sale, rental, or financing of any dwelling where the person knows or reasonably should know that the appraisal improperly takes into consideration race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> PROHIBITION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE OF HANDICAP. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Purpose.</B> The purpose of this subpart is to effectuate O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-202</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Definitions.</B> As used in this subpart: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Accessible," when used with respect to the public and common use areas of a building containing covered multifamily dwellings, means that the public or common use areas of the building can be approached, entered, and used by individuals with physical handicaps. The phrase "readily accessible to and usable by" is synonymous with accessible. As public or common use area that complies with the appropriate requirements of ANSI A117.1-1986 or a comparable standard is "accessible" within the meaning of this paragraph.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Accessible route" means a continuous unobstructed path connecting accessible elements and spaces in a building or within a site that can be negotiated by a person with a severe disability using a wheelchair and that is also safe for and usable by people with other disabilities. Interior accessible routes may include corridors, floors, ramps, elevators and lifts. Exterior accessible routes may include parking access aisles, curb ramps, walks, ramps and lifts. A route that complies with the appropriate requirements of ANSI A117.1-1986 or a comparable standard is an "accessible route."</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "ANSI A117.1-1986" means the 1986 edition of the American National Standard for buildings and facilities providing accessibility and usability for physically handicapped people.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Building" means a structure, facility or portion thereof that contains or serves one or more dwelling units.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Building entrance on an accessible route" means an accessible entrance to a building that is connected by an accessible route to public transportation stops, to accessible parking and passenger loading zones, or to public streets or sidewalks, if available. A building entrance that complies with ANSI A117.1-1986 or a comparable standard complies with the requirements of this paragraph.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Common use areas" means rooms, spaces or elements inside or outside of a building that are made available for the use of residents of a building or the guests thereof. These areas include hallways, lounges, lobbies, laundry rooms, refuse rooms, mail rooms, recreational areas and passageways among and between buildings.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Controlled substance" means any drug or other substance, or immediate precursor included in the definitions in O.C.G.A. Sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-13-21&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-13-21</a> and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-13-110&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-13-110</a>; and in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/United_States_Code/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=802&amp;title=21#" target="_newtab">21 U.S.C. Section 802</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Covered multifamily dwellings" means buildings consisting of four or more dwelling units if such buildings have one or more elevators; and ground floor dwelling units in other buildings consisting of four or more dwelling units.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Dwelling unit" means a single unit of residence for a family or one or more persons. Examples of dwelling units include: a single family home; an apartment unit within an apartment building; and in other types of dwellings in which sleeping accommodations are provided but toileting or cooking facilities are shared by occupants of more than one room or portion of the dwelling, rooms in which people sleep. Examples of the latter include dormitory rooms and sleeping accommodations in shelters intended for occupancy as a residence for homeless persons.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Entrance" means any access point to a building or portion of a building used by residents for the purpose of entering.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Exterior" means all areas of the premises outside of an individual dwelling unit.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "First occupancy" means a building that has never before been used for any purpose.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Ground floor" means a floor of a building with a building entrance on an accessible route. A building may have more than one ground floor.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.">14.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Handicap" or "disability," with respect to a person, means a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment. These terms do not include current, illegal use of or addition to a controlled substance (as defined O.C.G.A. Sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-13-21&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-13-21</a> and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=16-13-110&amp;title=16#" target="_newtab">16-13-110</a>; and in Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/United_States_Code/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=802&amp;title=21#" target="_newtab">21 U.S.C. Section 802</a> ). As used in this definition: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "physical or mental impairment" includes, but is not limited to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(i)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory, including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genito-urinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(i)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> any mental psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(i)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> such diseases and conditions as orthopedic, visual, speech and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, human immunodeficiency virus infection, mental retardation, emotional illness, drug addiction (other than addiction caused by current, illegal use of a controlled substance) and alcoholism.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "major life activity" means functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "has a record of impairment" means has a history of, or has been misclassified as having, a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "regard as having an impairment" means: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(iv)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> has a physical or mental impairment that does not substantially limit one or more major life activities, but is treated by another person as constituting such a limitation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(iv)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities only as a result of the attitudes of others toward such impairment; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)14.(iv)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> has none of the impairments defined in paragraph 1. hereof, but is treated by another person as having such an impairment.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)15.">15.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Interior" means the spaces, parts, components or elements of an individual dwelling unit.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)16.">16.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Modification" means any change to the public or common use areas of a building or any change to a dwelling unit.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)17.">17.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Premises" means the interior or exterior spaces, parts, components or elements of a building, including individual dwelling units and the public and common use areas of a building.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)18.">18.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Public use areas" means the interior or exterior rooms or spaces of a building that are made available to the general public. Public use may be provided at a building that is privately or publicly owned.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(b)19.">19.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Site" means a parcel of land bounded by a property line or a designated portion of a public right of way.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> General prohibitions against discrimination because of handicap. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful to discriminate in the sale or rental, or to otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any buyer or renter because of a handicap of: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That buyer or renter;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is so sold, rented, or made available; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person associated with that person.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful to discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of the sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with such dwelling, because of a handicap of: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That buyer or renter;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is so sold, rented, or made available; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person associated with that person.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful to make an inquiry to determine whether an applicant for a dwelling, a person intending to reside in that dwelling after it is so sold, rented or made available, or any person associated with that person, has a handicap or to make inquiry as to the nature or severity of a handicap of such a person. However, this paragraph does not prohibit the following inquiries, provided these inquiries are made of all applicants, whether or not they have handicaps: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Inquiry into an applicant's ability to meet the requirements of ownership or tenancy;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Inquiry to determine whether an applicant is qualified for a dwelling available only to persons with handicaps or to persons with a particular type of handicap;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Inquiry to determine whether an applicant for a dwelling is qualified for a priority available to persons with handicaps or to persons with a particular type of handicap;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)3.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Inquiring whether an applicant for a dwelling is a current illegal abuser or addict of a controlled substance;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)3.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Inquiring whether an applicant has been convicted of the illegal manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Nothing in this subpart requires that a dwelling be made available to an individual whose tenancy would constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or whose tenancy would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reasonable modifications of existing premises. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse to permit, at the expense of a handicapped person, reasonable modifications of existing premises, occupied or to be occupied by a handicapped person, if the proposed modifications may be necessary to afford the handicapped person full enjoyment of the premises of a dwelling. In the case of a rental, the landlord may, where it is reasonable to do so, condition permission for a modification on the renter agreeing to restore the interior of the premises to the condition that existed before the modification, reasonable wear and tear excepted. The landlord may not increase for handicapped persons any customarily required security deposit. However, where it is necessary in order to ensure with reasonable certainty that funds will be available to pay for the restorations at the end of the tenancy, the landlord may negotiate as part of such a restoration agreement a provision requiring that the tenant pay into an interest bearing escrow account, over a reasonable period, a reasonable amount of money not to exceed the cost of the restorations. The interest in any such account shall accrue to the benefit of the tenant.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A landlord may condition permission for a modification on the renter providing a reasonable description of the proposed modifications as well as reasonable assurances that the work will be done in a workmanlike manner and that any required building permits will be obtained.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For guidance on the application of paragraph 1. of this section, the Administrator shall refer to the examples set forth in 24 C.F.R. Part 100 Section 100.203(c), on reasonable modifications of existing premises, and any other relevant sources.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reasonable accommodations. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a handicapped person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling unit, including public and common use areas.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For guidance on the application of paragraph 1. of this section, the Administrator shall refer to the examples set forth in 24 C.F.R. Part 100 Section 100.204(b), on reasonable accommodations, and any other relevant sources.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Design and construction requirements. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Covered multifamily dwellings for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, shall be designed and constructed to have at least one building entrance on an accessible route unless it is impractical to do so because of the terrain or unusual characteristics of the site. For purposes of this section, a covered multifamily dwelling shall be deemed to be designed and constructed for first occupancy on or before March 13, 1991, if they are occupied by that date or if the last building permit or renewal thereof for the covered multifamily dwellings is issued by the State, County or local government on or before January 13, 1990. The burden of establishing impracticality because of terrain or unusual site characteristics is on the person or persons who designed or constructed the housing facility.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For guidance on the application of paragraph 1. of this section, the Administrator shall refer to the examples set forth in 24 C.F.R. Part 100 Section 100.205(b), on design and construction requirements, and any other relevant sources.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All covered multifamily dwellings for first occupancy after March 13, 1991, with a building entrance on an accessible route shall be designed and constructed in such a manner that: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The public and common use areas are readily accessible to and usable by handicapped persons;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All the doors designed to allow passage into and within all premises are sufficiently wide to allow passage by handicapped persons in wheelchairs; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All premises within covered multifamily dwelling units contain the following features of adaptable design: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)3.(iii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An accessible route into and through the covered dwelling unit;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)3.(iii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls in accessible locations;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)3.(iii)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reinforcements in bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars around the toilet, tub, shower, stall and shower seat, where such facilities are provided; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)3.(iii)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Usable kitchens and bathrooms such that an individual in a wheelchair can maneuver about the space.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For guidance on the application of paragraph 3. of this section, the Administrator shall refer to the examples set forth in 24 C.F.R. Part 100 Section 100.205(d), on design and construction requirements, and any other relevant sources.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Compliance with the appropriate requirements of ANSI A117.1-1986 suffices to satisfy the requirements of paragraph 3.(iii) of this section.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(4)(f)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Compliance with a duly enacted law of the State or unit of general local government that includes the requirements of paragraphs 1. and 3. of this section satisfies the requirements of paragraphs 1. and 3. of this section.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> HOUSING FOR OLDER PERSONS. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Purpose.</B> The purpose of this subpart is to effectuate the exemption in the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, that relates to housing for older persons.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Exemption. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The provisions regarding familial status in this part do not apply to housing which satisfies the requirements of Rules <a title="186-2-.02(5)(c)" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(5)(c)">186-2-.02(5)(c)</a>, <a title="186-2-.02(5)(d)" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(5)(d)">186-2-.02(5)(d)</a> or <a title="186-2-.02(5)(e)" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(5)(e)">186-2-.02(5)(e)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Nothing in this part limits the applicability of any reasonable local, State, or Federal restrictions regarding the maximum number of occupants permitted to occupy a dwelling.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> State and federal elderly housing programs.</B> The provisions regarding familial status in this part shall not apply to housing provided under any Federal or State program that the Administrator determines is specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons, as defined in the State or Federal program. In making such determination, the Administrator shall use as guidance applicable standards as determined by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> 62 or over housing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The provisions regarding familial status in this part shall not apply to housing intended for, and solely occupied by, persons 62 years of age or older. Housing satisfies the requirements of this section even though: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(d)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There are persons residing in such housing on September 13, 1988, who are under 62 years of age, provided that all new occupants are persons 62 years of age or older;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(d)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There are unoccupied units, provided that such units are reserved for occupancy by persons 62 years of age or over;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(d)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There are units occupied by employees of the housing (and family members residing in the same unit) who are under 62 years of age provided they perform substantial duties directly related to the management or maintenance of the housing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For guidance on the application of paragraph 1. of this section, the Administrator shall refer to examples set forth in 24 C.F.R. Part 100 Section 100.303(b), on 62 or over housing, and any other relevant sources.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> 55 or over housing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The provisions regarding familial status shall not apply to housing intended and operated for occupancy by at least one person 55 years of age or older per unit, provided that the housing satisfies the requirements in Rules <a title="186-2-.02(5)(e) 2" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(5)(e) 2">186-2-.02(5)(e) 2</a>. or 2.(i) and the requirements of Rule <a title="186-2-.02(5)(e) 3" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(5)(e) 3">186-2-.02(5)(e) 3</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The housing facility has significant facilities and services specifically designed to meet the physical or social needs of older persons. "Significant facilities and services specifically designed to meet the physical or social needs of older persons" include, but are not limited to, social and recreational programs, continuing education, information and counseling, recreational, homemaker, outside maintenance and referral services, an accessible physical environment, emergency and preventive health care programs, congregate dining facilities, transportation to facilitate access to social services, and services designed to encourage and assist residents to use the services and facilities available to them (the housing facility need not have all of these features to qualify for the exemption under this subparagraph); or <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It is not practicable to provide significant facilities and services designed to meet the physical or social needs of older persons and the housing facility is necessary to provide important housing opportunities for older persons. In order to satisfy this paragraph 2.(i) of this section, the owner or manager of the housing facility must demonstrate through credible and objective evidence that the provision of significant facilities and services designed to meet the physical or social needs of older persons would result in depriving older persons in the relevant geographic area of needed and desired housing. The following factors, among others, are relevant in meeting the requirements of this paragraph 2.(i) of this section: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)2.(i)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whether the owner or manager of the housing facility has endeavored to provide significant facilities and services designed to meet the physical or social needs of older persons either by the owner or by some other entity. Demonstrating that such services and facilities are expensive to provide is not alone sufficient to demonstrate that the provision of such services is not practicable.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)2.(i)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The amount of rent charged, if the dwellings are rented, or the price of the dwellings, if they are offered for sale.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)2.(i)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The income range of the residents of the housing facility.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)2.(i)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The demand for housing for older persons in the relevant geographic area.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)2.(i)(V)">(V)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The range of housing choices for older persons within the relevant geographic area.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)2.(i)(VI)">(VI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The availability of other similarly priced housing for older persons in the relevant geographic area. If similarly priced housing for older persons with significant facilities and services is reasonably available in the relevant geographic area, then the housing facility does not meet the requirements of this paragraph 2.(i) of the section.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)2.(i)(VII)">(VII)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The vacancy rate of the housing facility.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At least 80% of the units in the housing facility are occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older per unit <B>except that</B> a newly constructed housing facility for first occupancy after March 12, 1989, need not comply with this paragraph 3. of this section until 25% of the units in the facility are occupied; and <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The owner or manager of a housing facility publishes and adheres to policies and procedures which demonstrate an intent by the owner or manager to provide housing for persons 55 years of age or older. The following factors, among others, are relevant in determining whether the owner or manager of a housing facility has complied with the requirements of this paragraph 3.(i) of this section: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)3.(i)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The manner in which the housing facility is described to prospective residents.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)3.(i)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The nature of any advertising designed to attract prospective residents.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)3.(i)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Age verification procedures.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)3.(i)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Lease provisions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)3.(i)(V)">(V)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Written rules and regulations.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)3.(i)(VI)">(VI)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Actual practices of the owner or manager in enforcing relevant lease provisions and relevant rules or regulations.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Housing satisfies the requirements of this section even though: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> On September 13, 1988, under 80% of the occupied units in the housing facility are occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older per unit, provided that at least 80% of the units that are occupied by new occupants after September 13, 1988, are occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There are unoccupied units, provided that at least 80% of such units are reserved for occupancy by at least one person 55 years of age or over.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)4.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> There are units occupied by employees of the housing (and family members residing in the same unit) who are under 55 years of age provided they perform substantial duties directly related to the management or maintenance of the housing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(5)(e)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> For guidance on the application of this Rule, the Administrator shall refer to the examples set forth in 24 C.F.R. Part 100 Section 100.304(e), on 55 or over housing, and any other relevant sources.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> INTERFERENCE, COERCION OR INTIMIDATION. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibited interference, coercion or intimidation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This subpart provides the Commission's interpretation of the conduct that is unlawful under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-222&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-222</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> It shall be unlawful to coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any person in the exercise or enjoyment of; or on account of that person having exercised or enjoyed, or on account of that person having aided or encouraged any other person in the exercise or enjoyment of, any right granted or protected by this rule.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Conduct made unlawful under this rule includes, but is not limited to, the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)(a)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Coercing a person, either orally, in writing, or by other means, to deny or limit the benefits provided that person in connection with the sale or rental of a dwelling or in connection with a residential real estate-related transaction because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)(a)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Threatening, intimidating or interfering with persons in their enjoyment of a dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin of such persons, or of visitors or associates of such persons.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)(a)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Threatening an employee or agent with dismissal or an adverse employment action, or taking such adverse employment action, for any effort to assist a person seeking access to the sale or rental of a dwelling or seeking access to any residential real estate-related transaction, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin of that person or of any person associated with that person.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)(a)3.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Intimidating or threatening any person because that person is engaging in activities designed to make other persons aware of; or encouraging such other persons to exercise, rights granted or protected by this part.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.02(6)(a)3.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Retaliating against any person because that person has made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in a proceeding under the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/186-2-.03" name="186-2-.03" title="186-2-.03">Rule 186-2-.03 Fair Housing Complaint Processing</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> GENERAL. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Purpose and applicability. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This part contains the procedures established by the Commission for the investigation and conciliation of complaints under O.C.G.A. Sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-208&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-208</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-209&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-209</a>, and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-211&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-211</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This part applies to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(a)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Complaints alleging discriminatory housing practices because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(a)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Complaints alleging discriminatory housing practices on account of handicap or familial status occurring on or after March 12, 1989.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(a)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I> govern the administrative proceedings before the Board of Commissioners adjudicating charges issued under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)">186-2-.03(6)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Definitions.</B> As used in this part: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Aggrieved person"</B> includes any person who: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Claims to have been injured by a discriminatory housing practice; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Believes that such person will be injured by a discriminatory housing practice that is about to occur.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Attorney General"</B> means the Attorney General of the State of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Complainant"</B> means the person (including the Administrator) who files a complaint under the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Conciliation"</B> means the attempted resolution of issues raised by a complaint, or by the investigation of a complaint, through informal negotiations involving the aggrieved person, the respondent, and the Administrator.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Conciliation agreement"</B> means a written agreement setting forth the resolution of the issues in conciliation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Discriminatory housing practice"</B> means an act that is unlawful under sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-202</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-203&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-203</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-204&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-204</a>, or <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-222&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-222</a> of the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Dwelling"</B> means any building, structure, or portion thereof which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or more families, or any vacant land which is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location thereon of any such building, structure, or portion thereof.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The <B>"Georgia Fair Housing Act"</B> or <B>"The Act"</B> means Article 4 of Chapter 3 of Title 8, as amended, cited herein as O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-200&amp;title=8&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">8-3-200</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"HUD"</B> means the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Person"</B> includes one or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint-stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, trustee in cases under Title 11 of the United States Code, receivers and fiduciaries.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Personal service"</B> means handing a copy of the document to the person to be served or leaving a copy of the document with a person of suitable age and discretion at the place of business, residence or unusual place of abode of the person to be served.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Receipt of service"</B> means the day that personal service is completed by handing or delivering a copy of the document to an appropriate person or the date that a document is delivered by certified mail.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Respondent" means: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)13.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the person or other entity accused in a complaint or a charge of a discriminatory housing practice; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)13.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> any other person or entity identified in the course of the investigation and notified as required under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-208&amp;title=8#8-3-208(d)" target="_newtab">8-3-208(d)</a> of the Act.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(1)(b)14.">14.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"To rent"</B> includes to lease, to sublease, to let, and, otherwise to grant for consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> COMPLAINTS. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Submission of information. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator will receive information concerning alleged discriminatory housing practices from any person. Where the information constitutes a complaint within the meaning of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, and this part and is furnished by an aggrieved person it will be considered to be filed under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)(f)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)(f)">186-2-.03(2)(f)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Information submitted to the Administrator by the aggrieved person or persons may be made available to any other Federal, State or local agency having an interest in the matter. In making available such information, steps will be taken to protect the confidentiality of any informant or complainant where desired by the informant or complainant.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Who may file complaints.</B> Any aggrieved person or the Administrator may file a complaint no later than one year after an alleged discriminatory housing practice has occurred or terminated. The complaint may be filed with the assistance of an authorized representative of an aggrieved person, including any organization acting on behalf of an aggrieved person.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Persons against whom complaints may be filed. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A complaint may be filed against any person alleged to be engaged, to have engaged, or to be about to engage, in a discriminatory housing practice.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A complaint may also be filed against any person who directs or controls, or has the right to direct or control, the conduct of another person with respect to any aspect of the sale, rental, advertising or financing of dwellings or the provision of brokerage services relating to the sale or rental of dwellings if that other person, acting within the scope of his or her authority as employee or agent of the directing or controlling person, is engaged, has engaged, or is about to engage, in a discriminatory housing practice.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Where to file complaints. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Aggrieved persons may file complaints in person with, or by mail to the Commission on Equal Opportunity, Fair Housing Division in Atlanta, Georgia, or at any other satellite or regional office of the Commission located elsewhere in the State.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Aggrieved persons may provide information to be contained in a complaint by telephone or in person to the Commission or any of its satellite or regional offices. The Commission will reduce information provided by telephone to writing on the prescribed complaint form and send the form to the aggrieved person to be signed and affirmed as provided in Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)(e) 1" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)(e) 1">186-2-.03(2)(e) 1</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Complaints may be filed in person or by mail with the State, or with any local agency which has been certified by HUD as a"substantially equivalent" deferral agency under 24 C.F.R. Part 115. Complaints filed with a substantially equivalent local agency will be considered to be complaints dual filed with the agency under its own law, and with HUD under the Fair Housing Act. In any case where HUD has initiated an investigation or any action or proceedings against any person relative to any acts or omissions by such person which may be in violation of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, the Administrator has no authority to initiate or pursue against such person any investigation, civil action, or administrative enforcement covered by the provisions of the Act with regard to the same acts or omissions or facts or circumstances to which the federal investigation or proceedings are applicable.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Form and content of complaint. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each complaint must be in writing and must be signed and affirmed by the aggrieved person filing the complaint or, if the complaint is filed by the Commission, by the Administrator. The signature and affirmation may be made at any time during the investigation. The affirmation shall state: "I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct."</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator may require complaints to be made on prescribed forms. Complaint forms will be available in offices of the Commission. Notwithstanding any requirement for use of a prescribed form, the Commission will accept any written statement which substantially sets forth the allegations of the discriminatory housing practice under the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, as a Georgia Fair Housing Law complaint. Personnel in these offices will provide appropriate assistance in filling out forms and filing a complaint.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Each complaint must contain substantially the following information: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(e)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name and address of the aggrieved person;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(e)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name and address of the respondent;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(e)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A description and the address of the dwelling which is involved, if appropriate;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(e)3.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A concise statement of the facts, including pertinent dates, constituting the alleged discriminatory housing practice.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Date of filing of complaint. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Except as provided in paragraph 2. of this section, a complaint is filed when it is received by the Commission, or dual filed with HUD in a form that reasonably meets the standards of Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)(d)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)(d)">186-2-.03(2)(d)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator may determine that a complaint is filed for the purposes of the one-year period for the filing of complaints, upon the submission of written information (including information provided by telephone and reduced to writing by an employee of the Commission) identifying the parties and describing generally the alleged discriminatory housing practice.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(f)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Where a complaint alleges a discriminatory housing practice that is continuing, as manifested in a number of incidents of such conduct, the complaint will be timely if filed within one of the last alleged occurrence of that practice.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Amendment of Complaint. Complaints may be reasonably and fairly amended at any time. Such amendments may include, but are not limited to: amendments to cure technical defects or omission, including failure to sign or affirm a complaint, to clarify or amplify the allegations in a complaint, or to join additional or substitute respondents. Except for the purposes of notifying respondents under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)(i)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)(i)">186-2-.03(2)(i)</a>, amended complaints will be considered as having been made as of the original filing date.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Service of notice on aggrieved person. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(h)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon the filing of a complaint, the Commissioner will notify, by certified mail or personal service, each aggrieved person on whose behalf the complaint was filed. The notice will: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(h)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Acknowledge the filing of the complaint and state the date that the complaint was accepted for filing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(h)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Include a copy of the complaint.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(h)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Advise the aggrieved person of the time limits applicable to complaint processing and of the procedural rights and obligations of the aggrieved person under Rules <a title="186-2-.03(2)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)">186-2-.03(2)</a><I>et seq.</I> and <a title="186-2-.04" href="186-2-.04">186-2-.04</a> (1)<I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(h)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Advise the aggrieved person of his or her right to commence a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-217&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-217</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law and Section 813 of the Fair Housing Act, in an appropriate state or United States District Court, no later than two years alter the occurrence or termination of the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The notice will state that the computation of this two-year period excludes any time during which a proceeding is pending under this part or Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I> with respect to a complaint or charge based on the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The notice will also state that the time period includes the time during which an action arising from a breach of a conciliation agreement under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-218&amp;title=8#8-3-218(b)(2)" target="_newtab">8-3-218(b)(2)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, or Section 814(b)(2) of the Federal Fair Housing Act, is pending.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(h)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Advise the aggrieved person that retaliation against any person because he or she made a complaint or testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation or conciliation under this part or an administrative proceeding under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I>, is a discriminatory housing practice that is prohibited under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-222&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-222</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notification of respondent; joinder of additional or substitute respondents. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(i)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Within ten days of the filing of a complaint under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)(f)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)(f)">186-2-.03(2)(f)</a> or the filing of an amended complaint under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)(g)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)(g)">186-2-.03(2)(g)</a>, the Administrator will serve a notice on each respondent by certified mail or by personal service. A person who is not named as a respondent in a complaint, but who is identified in the course of the investigation under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(4)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(4)">186-2-.03(4)</a> of this part as a person who is alleged to be engaged, to have engaged, or to be about to engage in the discriminatory housing practice upon which the complaint is based may be joined as an additional or substitute respondent by service of a notice on the person under this section within ten days of the identification.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(i)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The notice will: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(i)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Identify the alleged discriminatory housing practice upon which the complaint is based, and include a copy of the complaint;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(i)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> State the date that the complaint was accepted for filing;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(i)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Advise the respondent of the time limits applicable to complaint processing under this part and of the procedural rights and obligations of the respondent under this part and Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I>, including the opportunity to submit an answer to the complaint within 10 days of the receipt of the notice.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(i)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Advise the respondent of the aggrieved person's right to commence a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-217&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-217</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, and under Section 813 of the Fair Housing Act, in an appropriate state or United States District Court, not later than two years after the occurrence or termination of the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The notice will state that the computation of this two year period excludes any time during which a proceeding is pending under this part or Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I> with respect to a complaint or charge based on the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The notice will also state that the time period includes the time during which an action arising from a breach of a conciliation agreement under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-2&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-2</a> 18(b)(2), or Section 814(b)(2) of the Fair Housing Act, is pending.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(i)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the person is not named in the complaint, but is being joined as an additional or substitute respondent, the notice will explain the basis for the Administrator's belief that the joined person is properly joined as a respondent.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(i)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The notice will advise the respondent that retaliation against any person because he or she made a complaint or testified, assisted or participated in an investigation or conciliation under this part or an administrative proceeding under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I>, is a discriminatory housing practice that is prohibited under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-222&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-222</a> and under Section 818 of the Fair Housing Act.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Answer to complaint. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(j)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The respondent may file an answer not later than ten days after receipt of the notice described in Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)(i)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)(i)">186-2-.03(2)(i)</a>. The respondent may assert any defense that might be available to a defendant in a court of law. The answer must be signed and affirmed by the respondent. The affirmation must state: "I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct."</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(2)(j)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An answer may be reasonably and fairly amended at any time with the consent of the Administrator.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> REFERRAL OF COMPLAINTS TO LOCAL AGENCIES. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notification and Referral to Substantially Equivalent Local Agencies. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever a complaint alleges a discriminatory housing practice that is within the jurisdiction of a substantially equivalent local agency and the agency is certified or may accept interim referrals under 24 C.F.R. Part 115 with regard to the alleged discriminatory housing practice, the Administrator will notify the agency of the filing of the complaint and refer the complaint to the agency for further processing before the Commission takes any action with respect to the complaint. The Administrator will notify the local agency of the referral by certified mail. In no event shall the Administrator refer a complaint that is within the Administrator's jurisdiction to a local agency for handling, unless such agency has been certified by HUD as a deferral agency under 24 C.F.R. Part 115.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator will notify the aggrieved person and the respondent, by certified mail or personal service, of the notification and referral under paragraph 1. of this section. The notice will advise the aggrieved person and the respondent of the aggrieved person's rights to commence a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-217&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-217</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, and under Section 813 of the Fair Housing Act, in an appropriate state or United States District Court, not later than two years after the occurrence or termination of the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The notice will state that the computation of this two year period excludes any time during which a proceeding is pending under this part or Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a> with respect to a complaint or charge based on the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The notice will also state that the time period includes the time during which an action arising from a breach of a conciliation agreement under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-218&amp;title=8#8-3-218(b)(2)" target="_newtab">8-3-218(b)(2)</a>, or Section 814(b)(2) of the Fair Housing Act, is pending.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Cessation of Action on Referred Complaints.</B> After a complaint is referred under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(3)(a)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(3)(a)">186-2-.03(3)(a)</a>, the Administrator will take no further action with respect to the complaint, except as provided in Rule <a title="186-2-.03(3)(a)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(3)(a)">186-2-.03(3)(a)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reactivation of Referred Complaints. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator may reactivate a complaint referred under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(3)(a)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(3)(a)">186-2-.03(3)(a)</a> for processing by the Commission if: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(c)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The substantially equivalent local agency consents or requests the reactivation;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(c)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> HUD determines that, with respect to the alleged discriminatory housing practice, the local agency no longer qualifies for certification as a substantially equivalent local agency and may not accept interim referrals; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(c)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The substantially equivalent local agency has failed to commence proceedings with respect to the complaint within 30 days of the date that it received the notification and referral of the complaint; or the agency commenced proceedings within this 30-day period, but the Administrator determines that the local agency has failed to carry the proceedings forward with reasonable promptness. The Commission will not reactivate a complaint under this paragraph 1.(iii) of this section until the Commission has conferred with the local agency to determine the reason for the delay in processing of the complaint. If the Administrator believes that the agency will proceed expeditiously following the conference, the Administrator may leave the complaint with the local agency for a reasonable time, notwithstanding the expiration of the 30-day period or a previous failure to carry the proceedings forward with reasonable promptness.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notification Upon Reactivation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever a complaint referred to a local fair housing agency under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(3)(a)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(3)(a)">186-2-.03(3)(a)</a> is reactivated under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(3)(c)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(3)(c)">186-2-.03(3)(c)</a>, the Administrator will notify the substantially equivalent local agency, the aggrieved person and the respondent of the Commission's reactivation. The notification will be made by certified mail or personal service.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The notification to the respondent and the aggrieved person will: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(d)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Advise the aggrieved person and the respondent of the time limits applicable to complaint processing and the procedural rights and obligations of the aggrieved person and the respondent under this part and Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(d)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> State that the Commission will process the complaint under the Georgia Fair Housing Law and that the local agency to which the complaint was referred may continue to process the complaint under State or local law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(3)(d)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Advise the aggrieved person and the respondent of the aggrieved person's rights to commence a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-217&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-217</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, and under Section 813 of the Fair Housing Act, in an appropriate state or United States District Court, not later than two years after the occurrence or termination of the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The notice will state that the computation of this two-year period excludes any time during which a proceeding is pending under this part or Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I> with respect to a complaint or charge based on the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The notice will also state that the time period includes the time during which an action arising from a breach of a conciliation agreement under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-218&amp;title=8#8-3-218(b)(2)" target="_newtab">8-3-218(b)(2)</a>, or Section 814(b)(2) of the Fair Housing Act, is pending.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> INVESTIGATIVE PROCEDURES. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Investigations. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon the filing of a complaint, the Administrator will initiate an investigation before the end of the 30th day after receipt of the complaint. The purpose of an investigation is: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(a)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To obtain information concerning the events or transactions that relate to the alleged discriminatory housing practice identified in the complaint.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(a)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To document policies or practices of the respondent involved in the alleged discriminatory housing practice raised in the complaint.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(a)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To develop factual data necessary to make a determination whether reasonable cause exists to believe that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur, and to take other actions provided under this part.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon the written direction of the Administrator, the Commission may initiate an investigation of housing practices to determine whether a complaint should be filed under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)">186-2-.03(2)</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Systemic Processing.</B> Where the Administrator determines that the alleged discriminatory practices contained in a complaint are pervasive or institutional in nature, or that the processing of the complaint will involve complex issues, novel questions of fact or law, or will affect a large number of persons, the Administrator may identify the complaint for systemic processing. This determination can be based on the face of the complaint or on information gathered in connection with an investigation. Systemic investigations may focus not only on documenting facts involved in the alleged discriminatory housing practice that is the subject of the complaint, but also in review of other policies and procedures related to matters under investigation, to make sure that they also comply with the nondiscrimination requirements of the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Conduct of Investigation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In conducting investigations under this part, the Administrator will seek the voluntary cooperation of all persons to obtain access to premises, records, documents, individuals, and other possible sources of information; to examine record, and copy necessary materials, and to take and record testimony or statements of persons reasonably necessary for the furtherance of the investigation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator may issue subpoenas and order discovery in aid of the investigation to the same extent and subject to the same limitations as would apply if the subpoenas or discovery were ordered or served in aid of a civil action in the superior court in which the investigation is taking place.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Cooperation of federal, state and local agencies.</B> The Administrator, in processing Georgia Fair Housing Law complaints, may seek the cooperation and utilize the services of Federal, State or local agencies, including any agency having regulatory or supervisory authority over financial institutions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Completion of investigation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The investigation will remain open until the reasonable cause determination is made under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-211&amp;title=8#8-3-211(a)" target="_newtab">8-3-211(a)</a> or a conciliation agreement is executed and approved under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-209&amp;title=8#8-3-209(b)" target="_newtab">8-3-209(b)</a>. Unless it is impracticable to do so, the Administrator will complete the investigation of the alleged discriminatory housing practice within 100 days of the filing of the complaint (or where the Administrator reactivates the complaint, within 100 days after service of the notice of reactivation under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(3)(d)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(3)(d)">186-2-.03(3)(d)</a>. If the Administrator is unable to complete the investigation within the 100-day period, the Administrator will notify the aggrieved person and the respondent, by certified mail or personal service, of the reasons for the delay.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In any event, the Administrator shall make a final administrative disposition of a complaint within one year of the date of receipt of a complaint, unless it is unable to do so. If the Administrator is unable to do so, the Administrator shall notify the complainant and the respondent, in writing, of the reasons for not doing so.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Final investigative report. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At the end of each investigation under this part, the Administrator will prepare a final investigative report. The investigative report will contain: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(f)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The names and dates of contacts with witnesses, except that the report will not disclose the names of witnesses that request anonymity. The Commission, however, may be required to disclose the names of such witnesses in the course of an administrative hearing under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-213&amp;title=8#8-3-213(e)" target="_newtab">8-3-213(e)</a> or a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-217&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-217</a>;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(f)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A summary and the dates of correspondence and other contacts with the aggrieved person and the respondent;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(f)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A summary description of other pertinent records;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(f)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A summary of witness statements; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(f)1.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Answers to interrogatories.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A final investigative report may be amended at any time, if additional evidence is discovered.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(4)(f)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notwithstanding the prohibitions and requirements with respect to disclosure of information contained in Rule <a title="186-2-.03(5)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(5)">186-2-.03(5)</a>, the Administrator will make information derived from an investigation, including the final investigative report, available to the aggrieved person and the respondent. Following the completion of investigation, the Administrator shall notify the aggrieved person and the respondent that the final investigation report is complete and will be provided upon request.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> CONCILIATION PROCEDURES. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Conciliation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> During the period beginning with the filing of the complaint and ending with the filing of a charge or the dismissal of the complaint by the Administrator, the Administrator will, to the extent feasible, attempt to conciliate the complaint.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In conciliating the complaint, the Administrator will attempt to achieve a just resolution of the complaint and to obtain assurances that the respondent will satisfactorily remedy any violations of the rights of the aggrieved person, and take such action as will assure the elimination of discriminatory housing practices, or the prevention of their occurrence, in the future.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Conciliation agreement. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The terms of a settlement of a complaint will be reduced to a written conciliation agreement. The conciliation agreement shall seek to protect the interest of the aggrieved person, other persons similarly situated, and the public interest. The types of relief that may be sought for the aggrieved person are described in Rule <a title="186-2-.03(5)(c)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(5)(c)">186-2-.03(5)(c)</a>. The provisions that may be sought for the vindication of the public interest are described in Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)(b)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)(b)">186-2-.03(6)(b)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agreement must be executed by the respondent and the complainant. The agreement is subject to the approval of the Administrator, who will indicate approval by signing the agreement. The Administrator will approve an agreement and, if the Administrator is the complainant, will execute the agreement, only if: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(b)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The complainant and the respondent agree to the relief accorded the aggrieved person;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(b)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The provisions of the agreement will adequately vindicate the public interest; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(b)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the Administrator is the complainant, all aggrieved persons named in the complaint are satisfied with the relief provided to protect their interests.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Attorney General may issue a charge under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)(b)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)(b)">186-2-.03(6)(b)</a> if the aggrieved person and the respondent have executed a conciliation agreement that has not been approved by the Administrator.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Relief sought for aggrieved persons. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following types of relief may be sought for aggrieved persons in conciliation: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(c)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Monetary relief in the form of damages, including damages caused by humiliation or embarrassment, and attorney fees;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(c)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Other equitable relief including, but not limited to, access to the dwelling at issue, or to a comparable dwelling, the provision of services or facilities in connection with a dwelling, or other specific relief; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(c)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Injunctive relief appropriate to the elimination of discriminatory housing practices affecting the aggrieved person or other persons.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The conciliation agreement may provide for binding arbitration of the dispute arising from the complaint. Arbitration may award appropriate relief as described in paragraph 1. of this section. The aggrieved person and the respondent may, in the conciliation agreement, limit the types of relief that may be awarded under binding arbitration.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provisions sought for the public interest. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The following are types of provisions which may be sought for the vindication of the public interest: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(d)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Elimination of discriminatory housing practices;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(d)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prevention of future discriminatory housing practices;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(d)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Remedial affirmative activities to overcome discriminatory housing practices;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(d)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reporting requirements;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(d)1.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Monitoring and enforcement activities.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Termination of conciliation efforts. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commission may terminate its efforts to conciliate the complaint if the respondent fails or refuses to confer with the Commission; the aggrieved person or the respondent fails to make a good faith effort to resolve any dispute; or the Commission finds, for any reason, that voluntary agreement is not likely to result.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Where the aggrieved person has commenced a civil action under federal or State law seeking relief with respect to the alleged discriminatory housing practice, and the trial in the action has commenced, the Commission will terminate conciliation unless the court specifically requests assistance from the Administrator.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibitions and requirements with respect to disclosure of information obtained during conciliation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Except as provided in paragraph 2. of this section and Rule <a title="186-2-.03(4)(f) 3" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(4)(f) 3">186-2-.03(4)(f) 3</a>., nothing that is said or done in the course of conciliation under this part may be made public or used as evidence in a subsequent administrative hearing under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a> or in civil actions under Title VIII of the Fair Housing Act or The Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, without the written consent of the persons concerned.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Conciliation agreements shall be made public, unless the aggrieved person and respondent request nondisclosure and the Administrator determines that disclosure is not required to further the purposes of the Georgia Fair Housing Law. Notwithstanding a determination that disclosure of a conciliation agreement is not required, the Administrator may make public tabulated descriptions of the results of all conciliation efforts.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(5)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Review of compliance with conciliation agreements.</B> The Commission may, from time to time, review compliance with the terms of any conciliation agreement. Whenever the Commission has reasonable cause to believe that a respondent has breached a conciliation agreement, the Administrator shall refer the matter to the Attorney General with a recommendation for the filing of a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-218&amp;title=8#8-3-218(b)(2)" target="_newtab">8-3-218(b)(2)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law for the enforcement of the terms of the conciliation agreement.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> ISSUANCE OF CHARGE. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Reasonable cause determination. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a conciliation agreement under Rule 186-2-12-.02 has not been executed by the complainant and the respondent, and approved by the Administrator, the Administrator, within the time limits set forth in paragraph 4. of this section, shall determine whether, based on the totality of the factual circumstances known at the time of the decision, reasonable cause exists to believe that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur. The reasonable cause determination will be based solely on the facts concerning the alleged discriminatory housing practice, provided by the complainant and respondent and otherwise, disclosed during the investigation. In making the reasonable cause determination, the Administrator shall consider whether the facts concerning the alleged discriminatory housing practice are sufficient to warrant the initiation of a civil action in state court.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In all cases not involving the legality of local zoning or land use laws or ordinances: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(a)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the Administrator determines that reasonable cause exists, the Administrator will immediately issue a charge under Rule 186-2-12-.02 on behalf of the aggrieved person, and shall notify the aggrieved person and the respondent of this determination by certified mail or personal service.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(a)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the Administrator determines that no reasonable cause exists, the Administrator shall: issue a short and plain written statement of the facts upon which the Administrator has based the no reasonable cause determination; dismiss the complaint; notify the aggrieved person and the respondent of the dismissal (including the written statement of facts) by certified mail or personal service; and make public disclosure of the dismissal. Public disclosure of the dismissal shall be by issuance of a press release, except that the respondent may request that no release be made. Notwithstanding a respondent's request that no press release be issued, the fact of the dismissal, including the names of the parties, shall be public information available upon request.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(a)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the Administrator determines that the matter involves the legality of local zoning or land use laws or ordinances, the Administrator, in lieu of making a determination regarding reasonable cause, shall refer the investigative material to the Attorney General for appropriate action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-218&amp;title=8#8-3-218(b)(1)" target="_newtab">8-3-218(b)(1)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, and shall notify the aggrieved person and the respondent of this action by certified mail or personal service.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator may not issue a charge under paragraph 1. of this section regarding an alleged discriminatory housing practice, if an aggrieved person has commenced a civil action under an Act of Congress or a State law seeking relief with respect to the alleged discriminatory housing practice, and the trial in the action has commenced. If a charge may not be issued because of the commencement of such a trial, the Administrator will so notify the aggrieved person and the respondent by certified mail or personal service.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator shall make the reasonable cause determination after the Administrator forwards the matter for consideration. The Administrator shall make a reasonable cause determination within 100 days after filing of the complaint (or where the Administrator has reactivated a complaint, within 100 days after service of the notice of reactivation under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(3)(d)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(3)(d)">186-2-.03(3)(d)</a>, unless it is impracticable to do so.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the Administrator is unable to make the determination within the 100 day period specified in paragraph 4. of this section, the Administrator will notify the aggrieved person and the respondent, by certified mail or personal service, of the reasons for the delay.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Issuance of Charge. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A charge: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(b)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Shall consist of a short and plain written statement of the fact upon which the Administrator has found reasonable cause to believe that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(b)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Shall be based on the final investigative report; and </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(b)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Need not be limited to facts or grounds that are alleged in the complaint filed under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)">186-2-.03(2)</a><I>et seq.</I> If the charge is based on grounds that are alleged in the complaint, the Commission will not issue a charge with regard to the grounds unless the record of the investigation demonstrates that the respondent has been given notice and an opportunity to respond to the allegation.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Within three business days after the issuance of the charge, the Administrator shall: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(b)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Obtain a time and place for hearing from the Board of Commissioners;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(b)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> File the charge along with the notifications described in Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)(c)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)(c)">186-2-.03(6)(c)</a> with the Board of Commissioners; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(b)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Serve the charge and notifications in accordance with Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)(c)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)(c)">186-2-.03(6)(c)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Election of civil action or provision of administrative proceeding. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a charge is issued under Rule <a title="186-2-.02(6)(b)" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(6)(b)">186-2-.02(6)(b)</a>, a complainant (including the Administrator, if the Commission filed the complaint), a respondent, or an aggrieved person on whose behalf the complaint is filed may elect, in lieu of an administrative proceeding under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I>, to have the claims asserted in the charge decided in a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-213&amp;title=8#8-3-213(a)" target="_newtab">8-3-213(a)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The election must be made not later than 20 days after the receipt of service of the charge, or in the case of the Administrator, not later than 20 days after service. The notice of the election must be filed with the Board of Commissioners and served on the Administrator, the Respondent, and the aggrieved persons on whose behalf the complaint was filed. The notification will be filed and served in accordance with the procedures established under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If an election is not made under this section, the Administrator will maintain an administrative proceeding based on the charge in accordance with the procedures under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If an election is made under this section, the Administrator shall immediately notify and authorize the Attorney General to commence and maintain a civil action seeking relief under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-213&amp;title=8#8-3-213(a)(3)" target="_newtab">8-3-213(a)(3)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law on behalf of the aggrieved person in an appropriate Superior Court of the State of Georgia. Such notification and authorization shall include transmission of the file in the case, including a copy of the final investigative report and the charge, to the Attorney General.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(6)(c)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator shall be available for consultation concerning any legal issues raised by the Attorney General as to how best to proceed in the event that a new court decision or newly discovered evidence is regarded as relevant to the reasonable cause determination.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> PROMPT JUDICIAL ACTION. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(7)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prompt judicial action. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(7)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If at any time following the filing of a complaint, the Administrator concludes that prompt judicial action is necessary to carry out the purposes of this part, the Administrator may authorize the Attorney General to commence a civil action for appropriate temporary or preliminary relief pending final disposition of the complaint. The commencement of a civil action by the Attorney General under these rules will not affect the initiation or continuation of proceedings under this part or administrative proceedings under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(1)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(1)">186-2-.04(1)</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(7)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the Administrator has reason to believe that a basis exists for the commencement of proceedings against the respondent under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-218&amp;title=8#8-3-218(a)" target="_newtab">8-3-218(a)</a>(pattern or practice cases), proceedings under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-218&amp;title=8#8-3-218(c)" target="_newtab">8-3-218(c)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law (enforcement of subpoenas), or proceedings by any governmental licensing or supervisory authorities, the Administrator shall transmit the information upon which the belief is based on the Attorney General and to other appropriate authorities.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Other Action. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(8)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Other action by the Commission. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(8)(a)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Refer the matter to the Attorney General for appropriate action (e.g., enforcement of criminal penalties under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-212&amp;title=8#8-3-212(c)" target="_newtab">8-3-212(c)</a> of the Act).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(8)(a)(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Take appropriate steps to inform any other federal, state or local agency with an interest in the enforcement of respondent's obligations with respect to nondiscrimination in housing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.03(8)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Action by other agencies.</B> In accordance with O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-206&amp;title=8#8-3-206(c)" target="_newtab">8-3-206(c)</a>, other state agencies, including any agency having regulatory or supervisory authority over financial institutions, are responsible for ensuring that their programs and activities relating to housing and urban development are administered in a manner affirmatively to further the goal of fair housing, and for cooperating with the Administrator in furthering the purposes of the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/186-2-.04" name="186-2-.04" title="186-2-.04">Rule 186-2-.04 Administrative Proceedings Under O.C.G.A. Section 8-3-213 of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as Amende</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> General Information. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Scope. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Applicability.</B> This part contains the rules of practice and procedure established by the Commission on Equal Opportunity for administrative proceedings before the Board of Commissioners adjudicating the claims asserted in a charge issued under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)">186-2-.03(6)</a><I>et seq.</I>, where no party -the complainant, the respondent, or an aggrieved party-elects to have the claims decided in a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-213&amp;title=8#8-3-213(a)" target="_newtab">8-3-213(a)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> General application of rules.</B> Hearings under this subpart shall be conducted as expeditiously and inexpensively as possible, consistent with the needs and rights of the parties to obtain a fair hearing and a complete record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Conduct of proceedings.</B> The Commission will reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities who are participants in the hearing process or interested members of the general public.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Definitions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Administrator"</B> means the Administrator of the Commission on Equal Opportunity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Aggrieved person"</B> includes any person who: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Claims to have been injured by a discriminatory housing practice; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Believes that such person will be injured by a discriminatory housing practice that is about to occur.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Attorney General"</B> means the Attorney General for the State of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Board"</B> means the members of the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Equal Opportunity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Chief Commissioner"</B> means the Chief on the panel from the Board of Commissioners assigned to adjudicate a matter which is to continue through the administrative hearing process.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Commission"</B> means the Commission on Equal Opportunity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Complainant"</B> means the person (including the Administrator of the Commission on Equal Opportunity) who filed the complaint under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)">186-2-.03(2)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)8.">8.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Complaint"</B> means a complaint filed under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(2)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(2)">186-2-.03(2)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)9.">9.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Charge"</B> means the statement of facts issued under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(4)(b)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(4)(b)">186-2-.04(4)(b)</a> upon which the Commission has found reasonable cause to believe that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)10.">10.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Discriminatory housing practice"</B> means an act that is unlawful under O.C.G.A. Sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-202</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-203&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-203</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-204&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-204</a>, and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-222&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-222</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)11.">11.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Georgia Fair Housing Law"</B> means Title 8, Article 4, Section 3; and codified as Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-200&amp;title=8&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">8-3-200</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)12.">12.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Hearing"</B> means that part of an administrative proceeding that involves the submission of evidence, either by oral presentation or written submission, and includes the submission of briefs and oral arguments on the evidence and applicable law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)13.">13.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Panel"</B> means the members of the Board of Commissioners assigned to adjudicate a fair housing case in an administrative hearing. At least one of the panel members must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)14.">14.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Party"</B> means a person or agency named or admitted as a party to a proceeding. Party includes an aggrieved person who intervenes under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(4)(d)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(4)(d)">186-2-.04(4)(d)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)15.">15.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Person"</B> includes one or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint-stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, trustees in cases under Title 11 of the United States Code, receivers and fiduciaries.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)16.">16.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Personal service"</B> means handing a copy of the document to the person to be served or leaving a copy of the document with a person of suitable age and discretion at the place of business, residence or usual place of abode of the person to be served.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)17.">17.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Prevailing party"</B> has the same meaning as the term has in section 722 of the Revised Statutes of the United States ( <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/United_States_Code/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=1988&amp;title=42#" target="_newtab">42 U.S.C. Section 1988</a> ).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)18.">18.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Respondent"</B> means the person accused in a charge of discriminatory housing practice.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(b)19.">19.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"State"</B> means the State of Georgia.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Time computations. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> In computing time under this part, the time period begins the day following the act, event, or default and includes the last day of the period, unless the last day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday observed by the State, in which case the time period includes the next business day. When the prescribed time period is seven days or less, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays shall be excluded from the computation.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Modification of time periods.</B> Except for time periods required by statute, the Commission may enlarge or reduce any time period required under this part where necessary to avoid prejudicing the public interest or the rights of the parties.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Entry of orders.</B> In computing any time period involving the date of the issuance of an order or decision by the Commission, the date of issuance is the date the order or decision is served by the Chief Commissioner on the panel assigned to adjudicate the matter at issue.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Computation of time for delivery by mail.</B> Documents are not filed until received by the Chief Commissioner. However, when documents are filed by mail, three days shall be added to the prescribed time period. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(c)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Service is effected at the time of mailing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(c)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When a party has the right or is required to take an action within a prescribed period after the service of a document upon the party, and the document is served by mail, three days shall be added to the prescribed period.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Service and filing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Generally.</B> Copies of all filed documents shall be served on all parties of record. All filed documents shall clearly designate the docket number, if any, and title of the proceeding. If the Administrator is not a party to the proceeding, all documents to be filed shall be delivered or mailed to the Commission at 710 Cain Tower, Peachtree Center, 229 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1605. If the Administrator is a party to the proceeding, all documents to be filed shall be delivered or mailed to the Chief Commissioner at the address shown in the Charge upon assignment of the panel to adjudicate the matter.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> By parties.</B> Parties shall file all documents with the Chief Commissioner and the Commission with a copy to all other parties of record. Service of documents upon any party may be made by personal service or by mailing a copy to the last known address. When a party is represented by an attorney, service shall be made upon the attorney. The person serving the document shall certify to the manner and date of service.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(1)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> By the Panel.</B> The Chief Commissioner of the panel shall serve all notices, orders, decisions and all other documents by mail to the last known address of each party.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Designation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Proceedings under this part shall be presided over by a panel of at least three members of the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Equal Opportunity, as provided for pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-213&amp;title=8#8-3-213(e)" target="_newtab">8-3-213(e)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Board shall annually designate panels made up of at least three members from the Board of Commissioners which will preside over proceedings adjudicated under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-213&amp;title=8#8-3-213(e)" target="_newtab">8-3-213(e)</a>. At least one of the commissioners on each panel must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the state. At the time the Board designates panel members, the Board shall also designate the Chief Commissioner of each such panel and he or she will be responsible for accepting documents for filing and issuing notices, orders, decisions and all other documents throughout the course of the proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Authority. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The panel shall have all the powers necessary to the conduct of fair and impartial hearings as well as authority granted to agencies in conducting hearings and rendering final orders under Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act," including, but not limited to the power: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To conduct hearings in accordance with this part;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To administer oaths and affirmations and examine witnesses;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To issue subpoenas in accordance with Rule <a title="186-2-.04(6)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(6)">186-2-.04(6)</a>;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To rule on offers of proof and receive evidence;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To take depositions or have depositions taken when the ends of justice would be served;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To regulate the course of the hearing and the conduct of parties and their counsel;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To hold conferences for the settlement or simplification of the issues by consent of the parties;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(viii)">(viii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To dispose of motions, procedural requests, and similar matters;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(ix)">(ix)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To make initial decisions as described under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(9)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(9)">186-2-.04(9)</a>;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(b)1.(x)">(x)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To exercise such powers vested in the Administrator as are necessary and appropriate for the purpose of the hearing and conduct of the proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Disqualification. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Disqualification.</B> If any member of the panel assigned to adjudicate a matter finds that there is a basis for his or her disqualification in a proceeding, the Commissioner shall withdraw from the proceeding. Withdrawal is accomplished by entering a notice in the record and by providing a copy of the notice to the Chief Commissioner.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Motion for recusal.</B> If a party believes that the Chief Commissioner or any other members of the assigned panel of Commissioners should be disqualified in a proceeding for any reason, the party may file a motion to recuse with the Chief Commissioner of the panel. The motion shall be supported by an affidavit setting forth the alleged grounds for disqualification. The assigned panel of Commissioners shall rule on the motion. If the panel denies the motion, the Chief Commissioner shall incorporate a written statement of the reasons for the denial in the record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Redesignation of Commissioner.</B> If a Commissioner is disqualified, the Chief Commissioner, or another member of the panel, shall designate another Commissioner to replace the Commissioner recused.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Ex Parte communications. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> General.</B> Any ex parte communication is any direct or indirect communication concerning the merits of a pending proceeding, made by a party in the absence of any other party, to the Chief Commissioner or any of the panel members assigned to the proceeding and which was neither on the record nor on reasonable prior notice to all parties. Ex parte communications do not include communications made for the sole purpose of scheduling hearings, requesting extensions of time, or requesting information on the status of cases.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Prohibition.</B> Ex parte communications are prohibited.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(d)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Procedure upon receipt.</B> If any member of the panel of Commissioners assigned to a case receives an ex parte communication that the Commissioner knows or has reason to believe is prohibited, the Commissioner shall promptly place the communication, or a written statement of the substance of the communication, in the record and shall furnish copies to all parties. Unauthorized communications shall not be taken into consideration in deciding any matter in issue. Any party making a prohibited ex parte communication may be subject to sanctions including, but not limited to, exclusion from the proceeding, and adverse ruling on the issue that is the subject of the prohibited communication.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Separation of functions.</B> No officer, employee, or agent of the State government engaged in the performance of investigative, conciliatory, or prosecutorial functions in connection with the proceeding shall, in that proceeding or any factually related proceeding under this part, participate or advise in the decision of the panel, except as a witness or counsel during the proceedings.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> PARTIES. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In general. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Parties.</B> Parties to the proceeding include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(a)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Commission. The Commission files the charge under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)(b)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)(b)">186-2-.03(6)(b)</a> seeking appropriate relief for an aggrieved party and vindication of the public interest.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(a)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Respondent. The respondent is a person named in the charge issued under Rule <a title="186-2-.02(6)(b)" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(6)(b)">186-2-.02(6)(b)</a> against whom relief is sought.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(a)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Intervenors. An aggrieved person may file a request for intervention under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(4)(d)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(4)(d)">186-2-.04(4)(d)</a>. Intervention shall be permitted if the request is timely and; <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(a)1.(iii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The intervenor is the aggrieved person on whose behalf the charge is issued; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(a)1.(iii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The intervenor is an aggrieved person who claims an interest in the property or transaction that is the subject of the charge and the disposition of the charge may as a practical matter impair or impede the aggrieved person's ability to protect that interest, unless the aggrieved person is adequately represented by the existing parties.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Rights of the parties.</B> Each party may appear in person, be represented by counsel, examine or cross-examine witnesses, introduce documentary or other relevant evidence into the record, and request the issuance of subpoenas.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Amicus Curiae.</B> Briefs of amicus curiae may be permitted at the discretion of the panel of Commissioners. Such participants are not parties to the proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Representation. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Representation of the Commission.</B> The Commission is represented by the Attorney General, when the Commission is a part to a proceeding in state court or U.S. District Court.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Representation of other parties.</B> Other parties maybe represented as follows: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Individuals may appear on their own behalf;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A member of a partnership may represent the partnership;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An officer of a corporation, trust or association may represent the corporation, trust or association;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An officer or employee of any governmental unit, agency or authority may represent that unit, agency or authority;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An attorney admitted to practice in the State of Georgia or in any state. The attorney's representation that he or she is in good standing in any state is sufficient evidence of the attorney's qualifications under this section, unless otherwise ordered by the panel of Commissioners.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Notice of appearance.</B> Each attorney or other representative of a party shall file a notice of appearance. The notice must indicate the party on whose behalf the appearance is made. Any individual acting in a representative capacity may be required by the panel to demonstrate authority to act in that capacity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Withdrawal.</B> An attorney or other representative of a party must file a written notice of intent before withdrawing from participation in the proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Standards of conduct. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> All persons appearing in proceedings under this part shall act with integrity and an ethical manner.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(3)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Exclusion.</B> The panel may exclude parties or their representatives for refusal to comply with directions, continued use of dilatory tactics, refusal to adhere to reasonable standards of orderly and ethical conduct, failure to act in good faith, or violations of the prohibitions against ex parte communications. If an attorney is suspended or barred from participation in a proceeding by the panel, the panel shall include in the record the reasons for the action. An attorney that is suspended or barred from participation may appeal to another attorney member of the Board of Commissioners. The proceeding will not be delayed or suspended pending disposition on the appeal except that the panel shall suspend the proceeding for a reasonable time to enable the party to obtain another attorney.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> PLEADING AND MOTIONS. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In general. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Form.</B> Every pleading, motion, brief, or other document shall contain a caption setting forth the title of the proceeding, the docket number assigned by the Commission, and the designation of the type of document (e.g., charge, answer or motion to dismiss).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Signature.</B> Every pleading, motion, brief, or other document filed by a party shall be signed by the party, the party's representative, or the attorney representing the party, and must include the signer's address and telephone number. The signature constitutes a certification that the signer has read the document; that to the best of the signer's knowledge, information and belief there is good ground to support the document; and that it is not interposed for delay.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Timely filing.</B> The panel may refuse to consider any motion or other pleading that is not filed in a timely fashion and in compliance with this part.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The charge. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Filing and service.</B> Within three days after the issuance of a charge under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)(b)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)(b)">186-2-.03(6)(b)</a>, the Administrator shall file the charge with the Chief Commissioner of the panel assigned to the matter and serve copies (with the additional information required under paragraph 2. of this section) on the respondent and the aggrieved person on whose behalf the complaint was filed.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Contents.</B> The charge shall consist of a short plain written statement of the facts upon which the Administrator has found reasonable cause to believe that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur. The following notifications shall be served with the charge: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The notice shall state that a complainant (including the Commission, if the Commission filed the complaint), a respondent, or an aggrieved person on whose behalf the complaint was filed may elect to have the claims asserted in the charge decided in a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-213&amp;title=8#8-3-213(a)(1)" target="_newtab">8-3-213(a)(1)</a> of the Act, in lieu of an administrative proceeding under this part. The notice shall state that the election must be made not later than 20 days after the receipt of the service of the charge. Where the Commission is the complainant, the Administrator must make the election not later than 20 days after the service of the charge. The notice shall state that the notification of the election must be served on the Chief Commissioner, the respondent, the aggrieved party on whose behalf the complaint was filed, and the Administrator.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The notice shall state that if no person timely elects under paragraph 2.(i) of this section to have the claims asserted in the charge decided in a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-213&amp;title=8#8-3-213(a)(1)" target="_newtab">8-3-213(a)(1)</a> of the Act, an administrative proceeding will be conducted. The notice shall state that if an administrative hearing is conducted: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)2.(ii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The parties will have an opportunity for a hearing at a date and place specified in the notice;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)2.(ii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The respondent will have an opportunity to file an answer to the charge within 30 days of the date of the service of the charge;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)2.(ii)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The aggrieved person may participate as a party to the administrative proceeding by filing a timely request for intervention;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)2.(ii)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All discovery must be concluded 15 days before the date set for hearing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(b)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The notice shall state that if at any time following the service of the charge on the respondent, the respondent intends to enter into a contract, sale, encumbrance, or lease with any person regarding the property that is the subject of the charge, the respondent must provide a copy of the charge to the person before the respondent and the person enter into the contract, sale, encumbrance or lease.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Answer to charge. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Within the 30 days after the service of the charge, a respondent contesting material facts alleged in a charge or contending that the respondent is entitled to judgment as a matter of law shall file an answer to the charge. An answer shall include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(c)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement that the respondent admits, denies, or does not have and is unable to obtain sufficient information to admit or deny, each allegation made in the charge. A statement of lack of information shall have the effect of a denial. Any allegation that is not denied shall be deemed to be admitted.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(c)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A statement of each affirmative defense and a statement of facts supporting each affirmative defense.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Request for intervention.</B> Upon timely application, any aggrieved person may file a request for intervention to participate as a party to the proceeding. Requests for intervention submitted within 30 days after the filing of the charge shall be considered to be timely filed.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Amendments and supplemental pleading. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Amendments By Right.</B> The Commission may amend its charge once as a matter of right prior to filing of the answer.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> By leave.</B> Upon such conditions as are necessary to avoid prejudicing the public interest and the rights of the parties, the panel may allow amendments to pleading upon motion of the party.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Conformance to the evidence.</B> When issues not raised by the pleading are reasonably within the scope of the original charge and have been tried by the express or implied consent of the parties, the issues shall be treated in all respects as if they had been raised in the pleading and amendments may be made as necessary to make the pleading conform to evidence.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(e)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Supplemental pleading.</B> The panel may, upon reasonable notice, permit supplemental pleading concerning transactions, occurrences or events that have happened or been discovered since the date of the pleading and which are relevant to any of the issues involved.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Motions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Motions.</B> Any application for an order or other request shall be made by a motion which, unless made during an appearance before the panel, shall be made in writing. Motions or requests made during an appearance before the panel shall be stated orally and made a part of the transcript. All parties shall be given a reasonable opportunity to respond to written or oral motions or requests.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Answers to written motions.</B> Within five days after a written motion is served, any party to the proceeding may file an answer in support of, or in opposition to the motion. Unless otherwise ordered by the panel, no further responsive documents may be filed.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(4)(f)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Oral argument.</B> The panel may order oral argument on any motion.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> DISCOVERY. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discovery. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> This subpart governs discovery in aid of administrative proceedings under this Part. Except for time periods stated in these rules, to the extent that these rules conflict with discovery procedures in aid of civil actions in the Superior Courts of the State of Georgia in which the investigation of the discriminatory housing practice took place, the rules contained in the Civil Practice Act, codified at O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=9-11-1&amp;title=9&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">9-11-1</a><I>et seq.</I>, apply.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Scope.</B> The parties are encouraged to engage in voluntary discovery procedures. Discovery shall be conducted as expeditiously and inexpensively as possible, consistent with the needs of all parties to obtain relevant evidence. Unless otherwise ordered by the panel, the parties may obtain discovery regarding any matter, not privileged, which is relevant to the subject matter involved in the proceeding, including the existence, description, nature, custody, condition, and location of documents or persons having knowledge of any discoverable matter. It is not grounds for objection that information sought will not be admissible if the information sought appears reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Methods.</B> Parties may obtain discovery by one or more of the following methods: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Deposition upon oral examination or written questions;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Written interrogatories;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)3.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Requests for production of documents or other evidence, for inspection and other purposes, and physical and mental examinations;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)3.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Request for admissions.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Frequency and sequence.</B> Unless otherwise ordered by the panel or restricted by this subpart, the frequency or sequence of these methods is not limited.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Completion of discovery.</B> All discovery shall be completed 15 days before the date scheduled for hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Not intervening aggrieved person.</B> For the purposes of obtaining discovery from a non-intervening aggrieved person, the term "party" as used in this subpart includes the aggrieved person and whose behalf the charge was issued.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Depositions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> Depositions may be taken upon oral examination or upon written interrogatory before any person having the power to administer oaths.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Notice.</B> Any party desiring to take the deposition of a witness shall indicate to the witness and to all parties the time and place of the deposition, the name and post office address of the person before whom the deposition is to be taken, the name and address of the witness, and the subject matter of the testimony of the witness. Notice of the taking of a deposition shall be given not less than five days before the deposition is scheduled. The attendance of a witness may be compelled by subpoena under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(6)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(6)">186-2-.04(6)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Procedure at deposition.</B> Each witness deposed shall be placed under oath or affirmation, and other parties shall have the right to cross-examine. The questions propounded and all answers and objections shall be reduced to writing; read by or to, and subscribed by, the witness; and certified by the person before whom the deposition was taken.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Objections.</B> During a deposition, a party or deponent may request suspension of the deposition on grounds of bad faith in the conduct of the examination, oppression of a deponent or party, or improper questioning or conduct. Upon the request for suspension, the deposition will be adjourned. The objecting party or deponent must immediately move the panel for a ruling on the objections. The panel may then limit the scope or manner of taking the deposition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(b)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Payment of costs of deposition.</B> The party requesting the deposition shall bear all costs of the deposition.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Use of deposition at hearings. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> At the hearing, any part or all of a deposition, so far as admissible under the Civil Practice Act, may be used against any party who was present or represented at the taking of the deposition or who had due notice of the taking of the deposition, in accordance with the following provisions: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any deposition maybe used by any party for the purpose for contradicting or impeaching the testimony of the deponent as a witness.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The deposition of expert witnesses, may be used by any party for any purpose, unless the panel rules that such use is unfair or a violation of due process.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The deposition of a party or of anyone who at the time of the taking of the deposition was an officer, director, or duly authorized agent of a public or private corporation, partnership, or association that is a party, may be used by any other party for any purpose.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The deposition of a witness, whether or not a party, may be used by any party for any purpose if the panel finds: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(iv)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That the witness is dead;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(iv)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That the witness is out of the State or more than 100 miles from the place of hearing, unless it appears that the absence of the witness was procured by the party offering the deposition;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(iv)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That the witness is unable to attend to testify because of age, sickness, infirmity, or imprisonment;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(iv)(IV)">(IV)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That the party offering the deposition has been unable to procure the attendance of the witness by subpoena; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(iv)(V)">(V)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever exceptional circumstances exist as to make it desirable, in the interest of justice and with due regard to the importance of presenting the testimony of witnesses orally in open hearing, to allow the deposition to be used.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a part of a deposition is offered in evidence by a party, any other party may require the party to introduce all of the deposition that is relevant to the part introduced. Any party may introduce any other part of the deposition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)1.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Substitution of parties does not affect the right to use depositions previously taken. If a proceeding has been dismissed and another proceeding involving the same subject matter is later brought between the same parties or their representative or successors in interests, all depositions lawfully taken in the former proceeding may be used in the latter proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Objections to admissibility.</B> Except as provided in this paragraph, objection may be made at the hearing to receiving in evidence any deposition or part of a deposition for any reason that would require the exclusion of the evidence if the witness were present and testifying. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Objections to the competency of a witness or to the competency, relevancy, or materiality of testimony are not waived by failure to make them before or during the taking of the deposition, unless the basis of the objection is one which might have been obviated or removed if presented at that time.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Errors and irregularities occurring at the oral examination in the manner of taking the deposition, in the form of the questions or answers, in the oath or affirmation, or in the conduct of parties, and errors of any kind which might be obviated, removed or cured if promptly presented, are waived unless reasonable objection is made at the taking of the deposition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(c)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Objections to the form of written interrogatories are waived unless served in writing upon the party propounding the interrogatories.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Written interrogatories. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(d)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Written interrogatories to parties.</B> Any party may serve on any other party written interrogatories to be answered by the party served. If the part served is a public or private corporation, a partnership, an association, or a governmental agency, the interrogatories may be answered by any authorized officer or agent who shall furnish such information as may be available to the party. A party may serve not more than 30 written interrogatories on another party without an order of the panel.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(d)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Responses to written interrogatories.</B> Each interrogatory shall be answered separately and fully in writing under oath or affirmation, unless the party objects to interrogatory. If a party objects to an interrogatory, the response shall state the reasons for the objection in lieu of an answer. The answer and objections shall be signed by the person making them, except that objections may be signed by the counsel for the party. The party upon whom the interrogatories were served shall serve a copy of the answers and objections upon all parties within 15 days after service of the interrogatories.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Production of documents and other evidence; entry upon land for inspection and other purposes; and physical and mental examinations. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> Any party may serve on any other party a request to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Produce and permit the party making the request, or a person acting on the party's behalf, to inspect and copy any designated documents, or to inspect and copy, test, or sample any tangible things that are in the possession, custody, or control of the party upon whom the request is served;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Permit entry upon designated land or other property in the possession or control of the party upon whom the request is served for the purpose of inspection and measuring; photographing, testing, or other purposes stated in paragraph 1.(i) hereof; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Submit to a physical or mental examination by a physician.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Contents of request. The request shall: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Set forth the items to be inspected by individual item or by category of items;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Describe each item or category with reasonable particularity;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Specify a reasonable time, place and manner for making the inspection and performing the related acts; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Specify the time, place, manner, conditions, and scope of the physical or mental examination, and the person or persons who will make the examination. A report of the examining physician shall be made in accordance with O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=9-11-35&amp;title=9#9-11-35(b)" target="_newtab">9-11-35(b)</a> of the Civil Practice Act.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Response to request.</B> Within 15 days of the service of the request, the party upon whom the request is served shall serve a written response on the party submitting the request. The response shall state, with regard to each item or category: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)3.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That inspection and related activities will be permitted as requested;or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(e)3.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> That objection is made to the request in whole or in part. If an objection is made, the response must state the reasons for the objection.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Admissions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Request for admissions.</B> A party may serve on any other party a written request for the admission of the genuineness and authenticity of any relevant document described in or attached to the request, or for the admission of the truth of any specified relevant mater of fact.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Response to request.</B> Each matter for which an admission is requested is admitted unless, within 15 days after service of the request, the party to whom the request is directed serves on the requesting party: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A written statement specifically denying the relevant matters for which an admission is requested;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A written statement setting forth in detail why the party cannot truthfully admit or deny the matters; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Written objections to the request alleging that the matters are privileged or irrelevant, or that the request is otherwise improper.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The party to whom the request is directed may not give lack of information or knowledge as a reason for failure to admit or deny, unless the party states that it has made a reasonable inquiry and that the information known or readily obtainable is insufficient to enable the party to admit or deny.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Sufficiency of response.</B> The party requesting admissions may move for a determination of the sufficiency of answers or objections. Unless the panel determines that an objection is justified, the panel shall order that an answer be served. If the Board determines that answer does not comply with the requirements of this section, the panel may order either that the matter is admitted or that an amended answer be served.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Effect of admission.</B> Any matter admitted under this section is conclusively established unless, upon the motion of a party, the Board permits the withdrawal or amendment of the admission. Any admission made under this section is made for the purposes of the pending proceeding only, is not an admission by the party for any other purpose, and may not be used against the party in any other proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(f)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Service of requests.</B> Each request for admission and each written response must be served on all parties and filed with the Chief Commissioner of the panel.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Supplementation of responses. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(g)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> A party who responded to a request for discovery with a response that was complete when made is under no duty to supplement the response to include information acquired after the response was made except: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(g)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A party is under a duty to timely supplement responses with respect to any question directly addressed to: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(g)1.(i)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The identity and location of persons having knowledge of discoverable matters; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(g)1.(i)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The identity of each person expected to be called as an expert witness at the hearing, the subject matter on which the expert witness is expected to testify, and the substance of the testimony.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(g)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A party is under a duty to timely amend a previous response if the party later obtains information upon the basis of which: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(g)1.(ii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The party knows the response was incorrect when made; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(g)1.(ii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The party knows the response though correct when made is no longer true and the circumstances are such that a failure to amend the response is, in substance, a knowing concealment.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(g)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> By order or agreement.</B> A duty to supplement responses may be imposed by order of the panel or by agreement of the parties.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Protective orders. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(h)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon motion of a party of a person from whom discovery is sought or in accordance with Rule <a title="186-2-.04(5)(i) 3" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(5)(i) 3">186-2-.04(5)(i) 3</a>., the panel may make appropriate orders to protect a party or person from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, or undue burden or expense as a result of the requested discovery request. The order may direct that: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(h)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The discovery may not be had;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(h)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The discovery may be had only on specified terms and conditions, including a designation of time and place for discovery;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(h)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The discovery may be had by a method of discovery other than that selected by the party seeking discovery;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(h)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Certain irrelevant matters may not be the subject of discovery or that the scope of discovery be limited to certain matters;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(h)1.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discovery may be conducted with no one present other than persons designated by the panel;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(h)1.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A trade secret or other confidential research, development or commercial information may not be disclosed, or may be disclosed only in a designated way; or</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure to make or cooperate in discovery. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Motion to compel discovery.</B> If a deponent fails to answer a question propounded, or a party upon whom a request is made under Rules <a title="186-2-.04(5)(d)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(5)(d)">186-2-.04(5)(d)</a> through <a title="186-2-.04(5)(f)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(5)(f)">186-2-.04(5)(f)</a> fails to respond adequately, objects to a request, or fails to permit inspection as requested, the discovering party may move the panel for an order compelling a response or an inspection in accordance with the request. The motion shall: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> State the nature of the request;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Set forth the response or objection of the party upon whom the request was served;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Present arguments supporting the motion; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Attach copies of all relevant discovery requests and responses.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Evasive or incomplete answers.</B> For the purposes of this section, an evasive or incomplete answer or response will be treated as a failure to answer or respond.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Panel rulings.</B> In ruling on a motion under this section, the panel may enter an order compelling a response or an inspection in accordance with the request, may issue sanctions under paragraph 4. of this section, or may enter a protective order under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(5)(h)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(5)(h)">186-2-.04(5)(h)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Sanctions.</B> If a party fails to comply with an order (including an order for taking a deposition, the production of evidence within the party's control, a request for admission, or the production of witness) the panel may: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)4.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Draw an inference in favor of the requesting party with regard to the information sought;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)4.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prohibit the party failing to comply with the order from introducing evidence concerning, or otherwise relying upon, testimony relating to the information sought;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)4.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Permit the requesting party to introduce secondary evidence concerning the information sought;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)4.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Strike any appropriate part of the pleadings or other submissions of the party failing to comply with such order; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(5)(i)4.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Take such other action as may be appropriate.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> SUBPOENAS. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Subpoenas. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> This section governs the issuance of subpoenas in administrative proceedings under this part. Except for time periods stated in these rules, to the extent that this rule conflicts with procedures for the issuance of subpoenas in civil actions in the Superior Courts of the State, the rules of the Civil Practice Act apply.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Issuance of subpoena.</B> Upon the written request of a party, the Chief Commissioner or any member of the panel may issue a subpoena requiring: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The attendance of a witness for the purpose of giving testimony at a deposition;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The attendance of a witness for the purpose of giving testimony at a hearing; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The production of relevant books, papers, documents, or tangible things.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Time of request.</B> Requests for subpoenas in aid of discovery must be submitted in time to permit the conclusion of discovery 15 days before the date scheduled for the hearing. If a request for subpoenas of a witness for testimony at a hearing is submitted three days or less before the hearing, the subpoena shall be issued at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner or any member of the panel, as appropriate.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Service.</B> A subpoena may be served by any person who is not a party and is not less than 18 years of age. Service on a person shall be made by delivering a copy of the subpoena to the person and by tendering witness fees and mileage to that person. When the subpoena is issued on behalf of the Commission, witness fees and mileage need not be tendered with the subpoena.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Amount of witness fees and mileage.</B> A witness summoned by a subpoena issued under this part is entitled to the same witness and mileage fees as a witness in proceedings in the Superior Courts of the State. Fees payable to a witness summoned by a subpoena shall be paid by the party requesting the issuance of the subpoena, or where the panel determines that a party is unable to pay the fees, the fees shall be paid by the CEO.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Motion to quash or limit subpoena.</B> Upon a motion by the person served with a subpoena or by a party, made within five days of the service of the subpoena (but in any event not less than the time specified in the subpoena for compliance), the panel may: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)6.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Quash or modify the subpoena if it is unreasonable and oppressive or for other good cause shown; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)6.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Condition denial of the motion upon the advancement, by the party on whose behalf the subpoena was issued, of the reasonable costs of producing subpoenaed books, papers or documents. Where the circumstances require, the panel may act upon such a motion at any time after a copy of the motion has been served upon the party on whose behalf the subpoena was issued.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(6)(a)7.">7.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Failure to comply with subpoena.</B> If a person fails to comply with a subpoena issued under this section, the party requesting the subpoena may refer the matter to the Attorney General for enforcement in appropriate proceedings under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-218&amp;title=8#8-3-218(c)" target="_newtab">8-3-218(c)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> PREHEARING PROCEDURES. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prehearing statements. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> Before the commencement of the hearing, the panel may direct parties to file prehearing statements.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Contents of statement.</B> The prehearing statement must state the name of the party or parties presenting the statement and, unless otherwise directed by the panel, briefly set forth the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Issues involved in the proceeding;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Facts stipulated by the parties and a statement that the parties have made a good faith effort to stipulate to the greatest extent possible;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Facts in dispute;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Witnesses (together with a summary of the testimony expected) and exhibits to be presented at the hearing;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A brief statement of applicable law;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)2.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Conclusions to be drawn;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)2.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Estimated time required for presentation of the party's case;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(a)2.(viii)">(viii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such other information as may assist in the disposition of the proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prehearing conference. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> Before the commencement or during the course of the hearing, the panel may direct the parties to participate in a conference to expedite the hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Matters considered.</B> At the conference, the following matters may be considered: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Simplification and clarification of the issues;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Necessary amendments to the pleadings;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Stipulations of fact and of the authenticity, accuracy, and admissibility of documents;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Limitations on the number of witnesses;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Negotiation, compromise, or settlement of issues;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The exchange of proposed exhibits;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Matters of which official notice will be requested;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.(viii)">(viii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A schedule for the completion of actions discussed at the conference;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)2.(ix)">(ix)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Such other information as may assist in the disposition of the proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Conduct of conference.</B> The conference may be conducted by telephone, correspondence or personal attendance. Conferences, however, shall generally be conducted by a conference call, unless the panel determines that this method is impracticable. The panel shall give reasonable notice of the time, place and manner of the conference.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Record of conference.</B> Unless otherwise directed by the panel, the conference will not be stenographically recorded. The panel will reduce the actions taken at the conference to a written order or, if the conference takes place less than seven days before the beginning of the hearing, may make a statement on the record summarizing the actions taken at the conference.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Settlement negotiations before a settlement commissioner. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Appointment of settlement commissioner.</B> The panel, upon the motion of a party or upon its own motion, may request the panel to appoint another Commissioner, not necessarily a member of the panel, to conduct settlement negotiations. The order appointing the settlement commissioner may confine the scope of settlement negotiations to specified issues. The order shall direct the settlement commissioner to report to the Chief Commissioner on the panel assigned to hear the matter within specified time periods.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Duties of settlement commissioner.</B> The settlement commissioner shall convene and preside over conferences and settlement negotiations between the parties and assess the practicalities of a potential settlement. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(c)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The settlement commissioner shall report to the Chief Commissioner of the assigned panel describing the status of the settlement negotiations, evaluating settlement prospects, and recommending the termination or continuation of settlement negotiations.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(7)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Termination of settlement negotiations.</B> Settlement negotiations shall terminate upon the order of the panel issued after consultation with the settlement commissioner.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> HEARING PROCEDURES. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Date and place of hearing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Date.</B> The hearing shall commence not later than 120 days following the issuance of the charge under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)(b)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)(b)">186-2-.03(6)(b)</a>, unless it is impracticable to do so. If the hearing cannot be commenced within this time period, the panel shall notify in writing all parties, the aggrieved persons on whose behalf the charge was filed, and the Administrator, of the reasons for the delay.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Place.</B> The hearing will be conducted at a place in the vicinity in which the discriminatory housing practice is alleged to have occurred or to be about to occur.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Notification of time and place for hearing.</B> The charge issued under Rule <a title="186-2-.02(6)(b)" href="186-2-.02#186-2-.02(6)(b)">186-2-.02(6)(b)</a> will specify the time, date and place for the hearing. The panel may change the time, date or place of the hearing, or may temporarily adjourn or continue a hearing for good cause shown. If such a change is made or the hearing is temporarily adjourned, the panel shall give the parties at least five days notice of the revised time, date and place for the hearing, unless otherwise agreed by the parties.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Conduct of hearings.</B> The hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=50-13-13&amp;title=50&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">50-13-13</a><I>et seq.</I>)</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Waiver of right to appear.</B> If all parties waive their right to appear before the panel or to present evidence and arguments, it is not necessary for the panel to conduct an oral hearing. Such waivers shall be made in writing and filed with the Chief Commissioner of the panel. Where waivers are submitted by all parties, the panel shall make a record of the relevant written evidence submitted by the parties and pleadings submitted by the parties with respect to the issues in the proceeding. These documents shall constitute the evidence in the proceeding and the decision shall be based upon this evidence. Such hearings shall be deemed to commence on the first day that written evidence may be submitted for the record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Evidence.</B> The rules of evidence contained in the Civil Practice Act shall apply to the presentation of evidence in hearings under this part.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In camera and protective orders.</B> The panel may limit discovery or the introduction of evidence, or may issue such protective or other orders necessary to protect privileged communications. If the panel determines that information in documents containing privileged matters should be made available to a party, the panel may order the preparation of a summary or extract of the nonprivileged matter contained in the original.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Exhibits. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Identification.</B> All exhibits offered into evidence shall be numbered sequentially and marked with a designation identifying the party offering the exhibit.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Exchange of exhibits.</B> One copy of each exhibit offered into evidence must be furnished to each of the parties and to the panel. If the panel does not fix a time for the exchange of exhibits, the parties shall exchange copies of exhibits at the earliest practicable time before the commencement of the hearing. Exhibits submitted as rebuttal evidence are not required to be exchanged before the commencement of the hearing if the submission of such evidence could not reasonably be anticipated at that time.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Authenticity.</B> The authenticity of all documents furnished to the parties as required under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(8)(f)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(8)(f)">186-2-.04(8)(f)</a> and submitted as proposed exhibits in advance of the hearing shall be admitted unless a party files a written objection to the exhibit before the commencement of the hearing. Upon a clear showing of good cause for failure to file such a written objection, the panel may permit the party to challenge the authenticity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Stipulations.</B> The parties may stipulate to any pertinent facts by oral agreement at the hearing or by written agreement at any time. Stipulations may be submitted into evidence at any time before the end of the hearing. When received into evidence, the stipulation is binding on the parties.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Record of hearing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(i)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Hearing record.</B> All oral hearings shall be recorded and transcribed by a reporter designated by, and under the supervision of, the panel. The original transcript shall be a part of the record and shall constitute the sole official transcript. All exhibits introduced as evidence shall be marked for identification and incorporated as a part of the record. Transcripts may be obtained by the parties and by the public from the official reporter at rates not to exceed the applicable rates fixed by the contract with the reporter.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(i)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Corrections.</B> Corrections to the official transcript will be permitted upon motion of a party. Motions for correction must be submitted within five days of the receipt of the transcript. Corrections of the official transcript will be permitted only where errors of substance are involved and upon the approval of the panel.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Arguments and briefs. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(j)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Arguments.</B> Following the submission of evidence at an oral hearing, the panel may hear oral arguments at the hearing. The panel may limit the time permitted for such arguments to avoid unreasonable delay.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(j)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Submission of written briefs.</B> The panel may permit the submission of written briefs following the adjournment of the oral hearing. Written briefs shall be simultaneously filed by all parties and shall be due not later than 30 days following the adjournment of the oral hearing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> End of hearing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(k)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Oral hearings.</B> Where there is an oral hearing, the hearing ends on the day of the adjournment of the oral hearing or, where written briefs are permitted, on the date that the written briefs are due.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(k)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Hearing on written record.</B> Where the parties have waived an oral hearing, the hearing ends on the date set by the panel as the final date for the receipt of submissions by the parties. </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Receipt of evidence following hearing. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(8)(l)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Following the end of the hearing, no additional evidence may be accepted into the record, except with the permission of the panel. The panel may receive additional evidence upon a determination that new and material evidence was not readily available before the end of the hearing, the evidence has been timely submitted, and its acceptance will not unduly prejudice the rights of the parties. However, the panel shall include in the record any motions for attorneys' fees (including supporting documentation), and any approved corrections to the transcripts.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> DISMISSALS AND DECISIONS. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Dismissal. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Election of judicial determination.</B> If the complainant, the respondent, or the aggrieved person on whose behalf a complaint was filed makes a timely election to have the claims asserted in the charge decided in a civil action under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-213&amp;title=8#8-3-213(a)" target="_newtab">8-3-213(a)</a> of the Act, the panel shall dismiss the administrative proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Effect of a civil action on administrative proceeding.</B> The panel may not continue an administrative proceeding under this part regarding an alleged discriminatory housing practice after the beginning of the trial of a civil action commenced by the aggrieved person under an act of Congress or the Georgia Fair Housing Law seeking relief with respect to that discriminatory housing practice. If such a trial is commenced, the panel shall dismiss the administrative proceeding. The commencement and maintenance of a civil action for appropriate temporary or preliminary relief under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-209&amp;title=8#8-3-209(f)(1)" target="_newtab">8-3-209(f)(1)</a> or proceedings for such relief under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-217&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-217</a> of the Act does not affect administrative proceedings under this part.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Initial decision of panel. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> In general.</B> Within the time period set forth in paragraph 4. of this section, the panel shall issue an initial decision including findings of fact and conclusions of law upon each material issue of fact or law presented on the record. The initial decision of the panel shall be based on the record of the proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Finding against respondent.</B> If the panel finds that a respondent has engaged, or is about to engage, in a discriminatory housing practice, the panel shall issue an initial decision against the respondent and order such relief as may be appropriate. The relief may include, but is not limited to, the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The panel may order the respondent to pay damages to the aggrieved person (including damages caused by humiliation and embarrassment).</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The panel may provide for injunctive relief or such other equitable relief as may be appropriate. No such order may affect any contract, sale, encumbrance or lease consummated before the issuance of the initial decision that involved a bona fide purchaser, encumbrance or tenant without actual knowledge of the charge issued under Rule <a title="186-2-.03(6)(b)" href="186-2-.03#186-2-.03(6)(b)">186-2-.03(6)(b)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To vindicate the public interest, the panel may assess a civil penalty against the respondent. The amount of the civil penalty may not exceed: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)2.(iii)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> $10,000, if the respondent has not been adjudged to have committed any prior discriminatory housing practice in any administrative hearing or civil action permitted under the Georgia Fair Housing Law, the Federal Fair Housing Act, or any other State or local fair housing law, or in any licensing or regulatory proceeding conducted by a Federal, State or local governmental agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)2.(iii)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> $25,000, if the respondent has been adjudged to have committed one other discriminatory housing practice in any administrative hearing or civil action permitted under the Georgia Fair Housing Law, or the Federal Fair Housing Act, or any other State or local fair housing law, or in any licensing or regulatory proceeding conducted by a Federal, State or local government agency, and the adjudication was made during the five-year period preceding the date of filing of the charge.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)2.(iii)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> $50,000, if the respondent has been adjudged to have committed two or more discriminatory housing practices in any administrative hearings civil action permitted under the Georgia Fair Housing Law, the Federal Fair Housing Act, or any other State or local fair housing law, or in any licensing or regulatory proceeding conducted by a Federal, State, or local government agency, and the adjudications where made during the seven-year period preceding the date of filing of the charge.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the acts constituting the discriminatory housing practice that is the subject of the charge were committed by the same natural person who has previously been adjudged, in any administrative proceeding or civil action, to have committed acts constituting a discriminatory housing practice, the time periods set forth in paragraphs 2.(iii)(I),(II) and (III) of this section do not apply.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In a proceeding involving two or more respondents, the panel may assess a civil penalty as provided under paragraph 2. of this section against each respondent that the panel determines has been engaged or is about to engage in a discriminatory housing practice.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Finding in favor of respondent.</B> If the panel finds that a respondent has not engaged, and is not about to engage, in a discriminatory housing practice, the panel shall make an initial decision dismissing the charge.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(b)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Date of issuance.</B> The panel shall issue an initial decision within 60 days after the end of the hearing, unless it is impracticable to do so. If the panel is unable to issue the initial decision within this time period (or within any succeeding 60-day period following the initial 60-day period), the panel shall notify in writing all parties, the aggrieved person on whose behalf the charge was filed, and the Administrator, of the reasons for the delay.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Service of initial decision.</B> Simultaneously with the issuance of the initial decision, the panel shall serve the initial decision on all parties, the aggrieved person on whose behalf the charge was filed, and the Administrator. The initial decision will include a notice stating that the initial decision will become the final decision of the Commission unless a majority of the entire Board of Commissioners issues a final decision under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(9)(d)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(9)(d)">186-2-.04(9)(d)</a> within 30 days of the date of the issuance of the initial decision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Resolution of charge.</B> At any time before the issuance of a final decision under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(9)(e)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(9)(e)">186-2-.04(9)(e)</a>, the parties may submit an agreement resolving the charge. The agreement must be signed by the Administrator, the respondent, and the aggrieved person upon whose behalf the charge was issued. The panel shall accept the agreement by issuing an initial decision based on the agreed findings. The submission of an agreement resolving the charge constitutes a waiver of any right to challenge or contest the validity of a decision entered in accordance with the agreement.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Final decision. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Issuance of final decision by the entire board of commissioners.</B> The Board of Commissioners may review any finding of fact, conclusion of law, or order contained in the initial decision of the panel and issue a final decision in the proceeding. A majority of the Board may affirm, modify or set aside, in whole or in part, the initial decision or remand the initial decision for further proceedings. The Board shall serve the final decision on all parties no later than 30 days from the date of issuance of the initial decision of the panel. The final decision shall be served on all parties, the aggrieved person on whose behalf the charge was filed, and the Administrator.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> No final decision by the board.</B> If the Board does not serve a final decision within the time period described above, the initial decision of the panel will become the final decision of the Commission. For the purposes of this part, such a final decision will be considered to have been issued 30 days following the date of issuance of the initial decision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Public disclosure.</B> The Commission shall make public disclosure of each final decision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(e)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Decisions on remand.</B> If the Board remands the decision for further proceedings, the panel shall issue an initial decision on remand within 60 days of the date of issuance of the Board's decision, unless it is impractical to do so. If the panel is unable to issue the initial decision within this time period (or within any succeeding 60-day period following the initial 60-day period), the panel shall notify in writing the parties, the aggrieved person on whose behalf the charge was filed, and the Administrator, of the reasons for the delay.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Action upon issuance of a final decision. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(f)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Licensed or regulated businesses.</B> If a final decision includes a finding that a respondent has engaged or is about to engage in a discriminatory housing practice in the course of a business that is subject to licensing or regulation by a Federal, State or local governmental agency, the Administrator will notify the governmental agency of the decision by: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(f)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Sending copies of the findings of fact, conclusions of law and the final decision to the governmental agency by certified mail; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(f)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Recommending appropriate disciplinary action to the governmental agency, including, where appropriate, the suspension or revocation of the license of the respondent.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(f)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrator shall notify the appropriate governmental agencies within 30 days alter the date of issuance of the final decision, unless a petition for judicial review of the final decision as described in Rule <a title="186-2-.04(10)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(10)">186-2-.04(10)</a> has been filed before the issuance of the notification of the agency. If such a petition has been filed, the Administrator will provide the notification to the governmental agency within 30 days of the date that the final decision is affirmed upon review. If a petition for judicial review is timely filed following the notification of the governmental agency, the Administrator will promptly notify the government agency of the petition and withdraw his or her recommendation.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(f)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Notification to the Attorney General.</B> If a final decision includes a finding that a respondent has engaged or is about to engage in a discriminatory housing practice and another final decision including such a finding was issued under this part within the five years preceding the date of issuance of the final decision, the Administrator will notify the Attorney General of the decisions by sending a copy of the final decisions in each administrative proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Attorney's fees and costs. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(g)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Following the issuance of the final decision under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(9)(e)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(9)(e)">186-2-.04(9)(e)</a>, any prevailing party may apply for attorneys' fees and costs. The panel will issue an initial decision awarding or denying such fees and costs. The initial decision will become the final decision of the Commission unless the Board reviews the initial decision and issues a final decision on fees and costs within 30 days. The recovery of reasonable attorney's fees and costs will be permitted as follows: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(g)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the respondent is the prevailing party, an intervenor will be liable for reasonable attorney's fees and costs only to the extent that the intervenor's participation in the administrative proceeding was frivolous or vexatious, or was for the purpose of harassment.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(9)(g)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To the extent that an intervenor is a prevailing party, the respondent will be liable for reasonable attorney's fees unless special circumstances make the recovery of such fees and costs unjust.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(10)">(10)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> JUDICIAL REVIEW AND ENFORCEMENT OF FINAL DECISION. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(10)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Judicial review of final decision. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(10)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Petition for review.</B> Any party adversely affected by a final decision under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(9)(e)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(9)(e)">186-2-.04(9)(e)</a> may file a petition in the appropriate State Superior Court for review of the decision under O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-215&amp;title=8#8-3-215(a)" target="_newtab">8-3-215(a)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law. The petition must be filed within 30 days of the date of issuance of the final decision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(10)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> No petition for review.</B> If no petition for review is filed under paragraph 1. within 45 days from the date of issuance of the final decision, the findings of fact and final decision shall be conclusive in connection with any petition for enforcement described under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(10)(a) 1" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(10)(a) 1">186-2-.04(10)(a) 1</a>. filed there after by the Administrator, and in connection with any petition for enforcement described under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(10)(a) 2" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(10)(a) 2">186-2-.04(10)(a) 2</a>.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(10)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Enforcement of final decision. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(10)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Enforcement by the Commission.</B> Following the issuance of a final decision under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(9)(e)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(9)(e)">186-2-.04(9)(e)</a>, the Administrator may petition the appropriate State Superior Court for the enforcement of the final decision and for appropriate temporary relief or restraining order after the final decision has been made an order of the court in accordance with O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-216&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-216</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.04(10)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Enforcement by others.</B> If before the expiration of 60 days from the date of issuance of the final decision under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(9)(e)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(9)(e)">186-2-.04(9)(e)</a>, no petition for review of the final decision described under Rule <a title="186-2-.04(10)(a)" href="186-2-.04#186-2-.04(10)(a)">186-2-.04(10)(a)</a> has been filed, and the Administrator has not sought enforcement of the final decision as described in paragraph 1. of this section, any person entitled to relief under the final decision may petition the appropriate State Superior Court for the enforcement of the final decision.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/186-2-.05" name="186-2-.05" title="186-2-.05">Rule 186-2-.05 Fair Housing Administrative Meetings Under The Georgia Fair Housing Law</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Purpose.</B> The purpose of this part is to establish procedures for public meetings or conference that may be used to assist the Administrator in achieving the aims of the Georgia Fair Housing Law for the promotion and assurance of equal opportunity in housing without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin and, specifically, to carry out all other responsibilities of the Administrator in this regard.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Definitions.</B> As used in this section: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.05(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Administrator"</B> means the Administrator of the Commission on Equal Opportunity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.05(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Meeting"</B> means a public meeting or conference held under the authority of the Georgia Fair Housing Law and this section.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.05(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Georgia Fair Housing Law"</B> means O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-200&amp;title=8&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">8-3-200</a><I>et seq.</I>, as amended.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/186-2-.06" name="186-2-.06" title="186-2-.06">Rule 186-2-.06 Fair Housing Advertising</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Policy.</B> It is the policy of the State of Georgia to provide, within constitutional limitations, for fair housing throughout the United States. The provisions of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended (O.C.G.A. 8-3-200 <I>et seq.</I>) make it unlawful to discriminate in the sale, rental, and financing of housing, and in the provision of brokerage and appraisal services, because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#8-3-202(a)(3)" target="_newtab">8-3-202(a)(3)</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, makes it unlawful 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 because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. However, the prohibitions of the act regarding familial status do not apply with respect to "housing for older persons", as defined in O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-205&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-205</a> of the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Purpose.</B> The purpose of this part is to assist all advertising media, advertising agencies and all other persons who use advertising to make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published, advertisements with respect to the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings which are in compliance with the requirements of the Fair Housing Act. These regulations also describe the matters this Department will review in evaluating compliance with the Fair Housing Act in connection with investigations of complaints alleging discriminatory housing practices involving advertising.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Definitions.</B> As used in this part: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Assistant Secretary"</B> means the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"General Counsel"</B> means the General Counsel of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Dwelling"</B> means any building, structure, or portion there of 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 there on of any such building, structure, or portion thereof.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Family"</B> includes a single individual.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Person"</B> includes one or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint-stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, trustees in cases under Title 11 of the United States Code, receivers, and fiduciaries.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"To rent"</B> includes to lease, to sublease, to let and otherwise to grant for a consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Discriminatory housing practice"</B> means an act that is unlawful under Sections 804, 805, 806, or 818 of the Fair Housing Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Handicap"</B> means, with respect to a person: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(h)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(h)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A record of having such an impairment; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(h)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Being regarded as having such an impairment. This term does not include current, illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the controlled Substances Act ( <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/us/books/United_States_Code/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=802&amp;title=21#" target="_newtab">21 U.S.C. 802</a> ). For purposes of this part, an individual shall not be considered to have a handicap solely because that individual is a transvestite.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>"Familial status"</B> means one or more individuals (who have not attained the age of 18 years) being domiciled with: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(i)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A parent or another person having legal custody of such individual or individuals; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(3)(i)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The designee of such parent or other person having such custody, with the written permission of such parent or other person. The protection afforded against discrimination on the basis of familial status shall 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 18 years.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Scope. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(4)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> General.</B> This part describes the matters the Commission will review in evaluating compliance with the Georgia Fair Housing Law in connection with investigations of complaints alleging discriminatory housing practices involving advertising. Use of these criteria will be considered by the Administrator in making determinations as to whether there is reasonable cause to believe that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(4)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Advertising media.</B> This part provides criteria for use by advertising media in determining whether to accept and publish advertising regarding sales or rental transactions. Use of these criteria will be considered by the Administrator in making determinations as to whether there is reasonable cause to believe that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(4)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Persons placing advertisements.</B> A failure by persons placing advertisements to use the criteria contained in this part, when found in connection with the investigation of a complaint alleging the making or use of discriminatory advertisements, will be considered by the Administrator in making a determination of reasonable cause to believe that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(4)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Affirmative advertising efforts.</B> Nothing in this part shall be construed to restrict advertising efforts designed to attract persons to dwellings who would not ordinarily be expected to apply, when such efforts are pursuant to an affirmative marketing program or undertaken to remedy the effects of prior discrimination in connection with the advertising or marketing of dwellings.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> USE OF WORDS, PHRASES, SYMBOLS, AND VISUAL AIDS. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> General.</B> The following words, phrases, symbols, and forms typify those most often used in residential real estate advertising to convey either overt or tacit discriminatory preferences or limitations. In considering a complaint under the Georgia Fair Housing Law, the Commission will normally consider the use of these and comparable words, phrases, symbols, and forms to indicate a possible violation of the Act and to establish a need for further proceedings on the complaint, if it is apparent from the context of the usage that discrimination within the meaning of the act is likely to result. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Words descriptive of dwelling, landlord, and tenants.</B> White private home, Colored home, Jewish home, Hispanic residence, adult building.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Words indicative of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)2.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Race</B> - Negro, Black, Caucasian, Oriental, American Indian;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)2.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Color</B> - White, Black, Colored;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)2.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Religion</B> - Protestant, Christian, Catholic, Jew;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)2.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>National origin</B> - Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Philippine, Polish, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Chicano, African, Hispanic, Chinese, Indian, Latino;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)2.(v)">(v)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Sex</B> - the exclusive use of words in advertisements, including those involving the rental of separate units in a single or multi-family dwelling, stating or tending to imply that the housing being advertised is available to persons of only one sex and not the other, except where the sharing of living areas is involved. Nothing in this part restricts advertisements of dwellings used exclusively for dormitory facilities by educational institutions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)2.(vi)">(vi)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Handicap</B> - crippled, blind, deaf, mentally ill, retarded, impaired, handicapped, physically fit. Nothing in this part restricts the inclusion of information about the availability of accessible housing in advertising of dwellings.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)2.(vii)">(vii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Familial status</B> - adults, children, singles, mature persons. Nothing in this part restricts advertisements of dwellings which are intended and operated for occupancy by older persons and which constitute "housing for older persons" as defined in these rules.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)2.(viii)">(viii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Catch words</B> - Words and phrases used in a discriminatory context should be avoided, e.g., "restricted", "exclusive", "private", "integrated", "traditional", "board approval" or "membership approval."</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Symbols or logotypes.</B> Symbols or logotypes which imply or suggest race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Colloquialism.</B> Words or phrases used regionally or locally which imply or suggest race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Directions to real estate for sale or rent (use of maps or written instructions).</B> Directions can imply a discriminatory preference, limitation, or exclusion. For example, references to real estate location made in terms of racial or national origin significant landmarks, such as an existing black development (signal to blacks) or an existing development known for its exclusion of minorities (signal to whites). Specific directions which make reference to a racial or national origin significant area may indicate a preference. References to a synagogue, congregation or parish may also indicate a religious preference.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(5)(a)6.">6.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Area (location) description.</B> Names of facilities which cater to a particular racial, national origin or religious group, such as country club or private school designations, or names of facilities which are used exclusively by one sex may indicate a preference.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Selective use of advertising media or content. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(6)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> General. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(6)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The selective use of advertising media or content when particular combinations there of are used exclusively with respect to various housing developments or sites can lead to discriminatory results and may indicate a violation of the Georgia Fair Housing Law. For example, the use of English language media alone or the exclusive use of media catering to the majority population in an area, when, in such area, there are also available non-English language or other minority media, may have discriminatory impact. Similarly, the selective use of human models in advertisements may have discriminatory impact. The following are examples of the selective use of advertisements which may be discriminatory: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(6)(a)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Selective geographic advertisements.</B> Such selective use may involve the strategic placement of billboards; brochure advertisements distributed within a limited geographic area by hand or in the mail; advertising in particular geographic coverage editions of major metropolitan newspapers or in newspapers of limited circulation which are mainly advertising segment of the community; or displays or announcements available only in selected sales offices.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(6)(a)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Selective use of equal opportunity slogan or logo.</B> When placing advertisements, such selective use may involve placing the equal housing opportunity slogan or logo in advertising reaching some geographic areas, but not others, or with respect to some properties but not others.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(6)(a)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Selective use of human models when conducting an advertising campaign.</B> Selective advertising may involve an advertising campaign using human models primarily in media that cater to one racial or national origin segment of the population without a complementary advertising campaign that is directed at other groups. Another example may involve use of racially mixed models by a developer to advertise one development and not others. Similar care must be exercised in advertising in publications or other media directed at one particular sex, or at persons without children. Such selective advertising may involve the use of human models of members of only one sex, or of adults only, in displays, photographs or drawings to indicate preferences for one sex or the other, or for adults to the exclusion of children.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Fair housing policy and practices. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> General. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)(a)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In the investigation of complaints, the Administrator will consider the implementation of fair housing policies and practices provided in this section as evidence of compliance with the prohibitions against discrimination in advertising under the Georgia Fair Housing Law. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)(a)1.(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Use of Equal Housing Opportunity logotype, statement, or slogan.</B> All advertising of residential real estate for sale, rent, or financing should contain an equal housing opportunity logotype, statement, or slogan as a means of educating the homeseeking public that the property is available to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. The choice of logotype, statement or slogan will depend on the type of media used (visual or auditory) and, in space advertising, on the size of the advertisement. Table I (see Appendix I) indicates suggested use of the logotype, statement, or slogan and size of logotype. Table II (see Appendix I) contains copies of the suggested Equal Housing Opportunity logotype, statement and slogan.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)(a)1.(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Use of human models.</B> Human models in photographs, drawings, or other graphic techniques may not be used to indicate exclusiveness because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. If models are used in display advertising campaigns, the models should be clearly definable as reasonably representing majority and minority groups in the metropolitan area, both sexes, and, when appropriate, families with children. Models, if used, should portray persons in an equal social setting and indicate to the general public that the housing is open to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, and is not for the exclusive use of one such group.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)(a)1.(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Coverage of local laws.</B> Where the Equal Housing Opportunity statement is used, the advertisement may also include a statement regarding the coverage of any local fair housing or human rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of dwellings.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)(a)1.(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notification of fair housing policy: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)(a)1.(iv)(I)">(I)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Employees.</B> All publishers of advertisements, advertising agencies, and firms engaged in the sale, rental or financing of real estate should provide a printed copy of their nondiscrimination policy to each employee and officer.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)(a)1.(iv)(II)">(II)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Clients.</B> All publishers or advertisements and advertising agencies should post a copy of their nondiscrimination policy in a conspicuous location wherever persons place advertising and should have copies available for all firms and persons using their advertising services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.06(7)(a)1.(iv)(III)">(III)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B>Publishers' notice.</B> All publishers should publish at the beginning of the real estate advertising section a notice such as that appearing in Table III (see Appendix I). The notice may include a statement regarding the coverage of any local fair housing or human rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of dwellings. <P><B>Appendix I to Rule <a title="186-2-.06" href="186-2-.06">186-2-.06</a><I>et seq.</I> - Fair Housing Advertising.</B></P> <P>The following three tables may serve as a guide for the use of the Equal Housing Opportunity logotype, statement, slogan, and publisher's notice for advertising: </P> <P><B>Table I</B></P> <P>A simple formula can guide the real estate advertiser in using the Equal Housing Opportunity logotype, statement, or slogan.</P> <P>In all space advertising (advertising in regularly printed media such as newspapers or magazines) the following standards should be used:</P> <P> <TABLE border="1"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Size of Advertisement</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Size of logotype in inches</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>½ page or larger</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>2×2</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1/8 page up to ½ page</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>1×1</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>4 column inches to 1/8 page</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>½×½</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>Less than 4 column inches</P> </TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1"> <P>(1)</P> </TD> </TR> <TR> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1">&nbsp;</TD> <TD rowspan="1" colspan="1">&nbsp;</TD> </TR> <TR> <TD colspan="2" rowspan="1"> <P><U>1</U>/ Do not use less than 4 column inches.</P> </TD> </TR> </TBODY> </TABLE> </P> <P>In any other advertisements, if other logotypes are used in the advertisement, then the Equal Housing Opportunity logo should be of a size at least equal to the largest of the other logotypes; if no other logotypes are used, then the type should be bold display face which is clearly visible. Alternatively, when no other logotypes are used, 3 to 5 percent of an advertisement may be devoted to a statement. The type should be bold display face which is clearly visible. Alternatively, when no other logotypes are used, 3 to 5 percent of an advertisement may be devoted to a statement of the equal housing opportunity policy. In space advertising which is less than 4 column inches (one column 4 inches long or two columns 2 inches long) of a page in size, the Equal Housing Opportunity slogan should be used. Such advertisements may be grouped with other advertisements under a caption which states that the housing is available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. </P> <P><B>Table II</B></P> <P>Illustrations of Logotype, Statement, and Slogan. Equal Housing Opportunity Logotype:</P> <P>Equal Housing Opportunity Statement: We are pledged to the letter and spirit of Georgia policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the State. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.</P> <P>Equal Housing Opportunity Slogan: "Equal Housing Opportunity." </P> <P><B>Table III</B></P> <P>Illustration of Media Notice - Publisher's notice: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Georgia Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination."</P> <P>We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.</P> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/186-2-.07" name="186-2-.07" title="186-2-.07">Rule 186-2-.07 Fair Housing Poster</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Purpose.</B> The regulations set forth in this part contain the procedures established by the Administrator with respect to the display of the fair housing poster by persons subject to O.C.G.A. Sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-202</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-203&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-203</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-204&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-204</a> of the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Definitions. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Discriminatory housing practice" means an act that is unlawful under Sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-202</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-203&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-203</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-204&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-204</a>, or <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-222&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-222</a> of the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Person" includes one or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint-stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, trustees in cases under Title 11 of the United States Code, receivers and fiduciaries.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Fair housing poster" means the poster prescribed by the Administrator for display by persons subject to O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-202</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-203&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-203</a>, and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-204&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-204</a> of the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "The Act" means the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as amended, and codified at O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-200&amp;title=8&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">8-3-200</a><I>et seq.</I></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Persons subject. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Except to the extent that paragraph (2) of this section applies, all persons subject to O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-202</a> of the Act relating to discrimination in the sale or rental of housing and other prohibited practices, shall post and maintain a fair housing poster as follows:</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All persons subject to O.C.G.A. Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-204&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-204</a> of the Act relating to discrimination in residential real estate-related transactions, shall post and maintain a fair housing poster at all their places of business which participate in the covered activities.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><B> Location of posters.</B> All fair housing posters shall be prominently displayed so as to be readily apparent to all persons seeking housing accommodations or seeking to engage in residential real estate-related transactions or brokerage services as contemplated by Sections <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-202&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-202</a>, <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-203&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-203</a>, and <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=8-3-204&amp;title=8#" target="_newtab">8-3-204</a> of the Act.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Description of posters. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="186-2-.07(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The fair housing poster shall bear the following legend: <P>(Image Not Yet Available)</P> <P>EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY</P> <P>We do business in Accordance with the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</P> <P>IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY PERSON BECAUSE OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, HANDICAP, FAMILIAL STATUS (HAVING ONE OR MORE CHILDREN), OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.</P> <P>- In the sale or rental of housing or residential lots.</P> <P>- In advertising the sale or rental of housing.</P> <P>- In the financing of housing.</P> <P>- In the appraisal of housing.</P> <P>- In the provision of real estate brokerage services.</P> <P>- Blockbusting is also illegal.</P> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/186-2-.08" name="186-2-.08" title="186-2-.08">Rule 186-2-.08 24 C.F.R. Part 110, Federal Fair Housing Poster Regulations</a></h2> <P>The Administrator hereby adopts and incorporates by reference 24 C.F.R. Part 110 Federal Regulations, as Rule <a title="186-2-.08" href="186-2-.08">186-2-.08</a> in the Rules and Regulations governing the Georgia Fair Housing Law.</P> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/186-2-.01" name="186-2-.01" title="186-2-.01">Rule 186-2-.01 Organization</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/186-2-.02" name="186-2-.02" title="186-2-.02">Rule 186-2-.02 Discriminatory Conduct Under the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as Amended</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/186-2-.03" name="186-2-.03" title="186-2-.03">Rule 186-2-.03 Fair Housing Complaint Processing</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/186-2-.04" name="186-2-.04" title="186-2-.04">Rule 186-2-.04 Administrative Proceedings Under O.C.G.A. Section 8-3-213 of the Georgia Fair Housing Law, as Amende</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/186-2-.05" name="186-2-.05" title="186-2-.05">Rule 186-2-.05 Fair Housing Administrative Meetings Under The Georgia Fair Housing Law</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/186-2-.06" name="186-2-.06" title="186-2-.06">Rule 186-2-.06 Fair Housing Advertising</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/186-2-.07" name="186-2-.07" title="186-2-.07">Rule 186-2-.07 Fair Housing Poster</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/186-2-.08" name="186-2-.08" title="186-2-.08">Rule 186-2-.08 24 C.F.R. 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