Title 8, Chapter 3, Section 217
(a)(1) An aggrieved person may commence a civil action in an
appropriate superior court not later than two years after the
occurrence or the termination of an alleged discriminatory housing
practice or the breach of a conciliation agreement entered into
under this article, whichever occurs last, to obtain appropriate
relief with respect to such discriminatory housing practice or
breach of a conciliation agreement.
(2) The computation of such two-year period shall not include any
time during which an administrative proceeding under this article
was pending with respect to a complaint or charge under this
article based upon such discriminatory housing practice. This
paragraph does not apply to actions arising from a breach of a
(3) An aggrieved person may commence a civil action under this subsection whether or not a complaint has been filed under Code Section 8-3-208 and without regard to the status of any such complaint, but if the administrator has obtained a conciliation agreement with the consent of an aggrieved person, no action may be filed under this subsection by such aggrieved person with respect to the alleged discriminatory housing practice which forms the basis for such complaint except for the purpose of enforcing the terms of such conciliation agreement.
(4) An aggrieved person may not commence a civil action under this
subsection with respect to an alleged discriminatory housing
practice which forms the basis of a charge issued by the
administrator if the board of commissioners has commenced a
hearing on the record under this article with respect to such
(b)(1) The court may grant as relief, as it deems appropriate, any
permanent or temporary injunction, temporary restraining order, or
other order and may award to the plaintiff reasonable attorney's
fees, court costs, actual damages, and punitive damages not to
exceed penalties permitted by the federal Fair Housing Amendments
Act of 1988, 42 U.S.C. Section 3601, et seq., as amended. Punitive
damages may be awarded under this article only when the evidence
shows that the respondent's actions showed willful misconduct,
malice, fraud, wantonness, oppression, or that entire want of care
which would raise the presumption of conscious indifference to
consequences or to the rights of the aggrieved party.
(2) Where it is proved that the aggrieved party took an active
part in the initiation, continuation, or procurement of civil
proceedings against a respondent, the aggrieved party may be
liable for abusive litigation as provided for in Article 5 of
Chapter 7 of Title 51.
(c) Relief granted under this Code section shall not affect any
contract, sale, encumbrance, or lease consummated before the
granting of such relief and involving a bona fide purchaser, lessee,
or tenant without actual notice of a complaint filed with the
administrator or civil action under this Code section.
(d) Upon timely application, the Attorney General may intervene in such civil action if the Attorney General certifies that the case is of general public importance. Upon such intervention, the Attorney General may obtain such relief as would be available to the Attorney General under Code Section 8-3-218 in a civil action to which such Code section applies.