Imagine the shock of reading your deed carefully and finding this rule: “This property shall not be resold, leased, rented or occupied except to or by persons of the Aryan race.” The Seattle-based Windermere Real Estate company doesn’t want to put up with such findings any more. This year, it’s working with its clients to use Washington state law to delete offensive deed language.
Under Washington law, an owner or resident of a property
with an invidious deed restriction may have it stricken from the public
records. This recent addition to the law makes it easier for Washingtonians who
hit walls trying to remove discriminatory language from the title of their
In related news, Notarize, an online notary startup, now offers free notarizations to remove offensive covenants. Notarize calls it a matter of digital inclusion. The company’s website supplies assistance for Washingtonians, and will be expanding the service to Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon. In many other states, though, there is neither a process for removal not any pending legislation to deal with the matter.
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Your home is
your castle. But language in your deed just might keep you from installing
a pool, constructing a basement apartment and renting it out, or
using a non-neutral shade of paint on your exterior walls. Here is a brief
explanation of deed restrictions and how they impact individual homeowners
— and entire communities.
Continue reading “Deed Restrictions: How They Impact Homeowners and Communities”
covenants are binding obligations not to do something with your property. These
restrictions on real property are normally contained in a deed.
covenants originated to keep industry out of residential areas. To this
day, homeowners’ associations use deed restrictions in order to make
condo owners adhere to established aesthetics or the property’s historical
also been used as grotesque tools of discrimination.
Continue reading “Is a Hurtful Deed Restriction Lurking in Your Deed?”
For most people, buying a piece of land is a simple
proposition: pay the money, file the deed, and the property is yours. Deed
restrictions, though, make it clear that the world of real estate transactions
is rarely so simple. Simply put, deed restrictions limit what you can and can’t
do with your home. A common tool for homeowners associations to maintain
uniformity in the neighborhood, deed restrictions can be added by parties such
as the builder or developer, the homeowners association, or even a previous
owner. Once a deed restriction is put in place, it can be very difficult to
have it removed, and in many cases removal may be impossible.
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