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§ 20-703. Construction of subtitle

West's Annotated Code of MarylandState GovernmentEffective: October 1, 2009

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
State Government (Refs & Annos)
Title 20. Human Relations (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Discrimination in Housing (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2009
MD Code, State Government, § 20-703
§ 20-703. Construction of subtitle
This subtitle does not:
(1) invalidate or limit any local law that requires dwellings to be designed and constructed in a manner that affords an individual with a disability greater access than is required by § 20-706(b) of this subtitle;
(2) limit the applicability of any reasonable local, State, or federal restrictions regarding the maximum number of occupants allowed to occupy a dwelling;
(3) prohibit the State or a local government from enacting standards that govern the location of group homes, as defined in § 4-601 of the Housing and Community Development Article;
(4) affect the powers of any local government to enact an ordinance on any subject covered by this subtitle, provided that the ordinance does not authorize any act that would be a discriminatory housing practice under this subtitle;
(5) require that a dwelling be made available to an individual whose tenancy would:
(i) constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals; or
(ii) result in substantial physical damage to the property of others;
(6) prohibit conduct against a person because the person has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction of the illegal manufacture or distribution of:
(i) a controlled dangerous substance, as defined in § 5-101 of the Criminal Law Article; or
(ii) a controlled substance, as defined in 21 U.S.C. § 802;
(7) unless membership in the religion is restricted on the basis of race, color, or national origin, 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 giving preference or limiting the sale, rental, or occupancy of dwellings that it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose to persons of the same religion; or
(8) prohibit a private club that is not open to the public and that, as an incident to its primary purpose or purposes, provides lodgings that it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose, from limiting the rental or occupancy of the dwellings to its members or from giving preference to its members.


Added by Acts 2009, c. 120, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2009.
MD Code, State Government, § 20-703, MD STATE GOVT § 20-703
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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