Restrictive covenants and what you need to know about them

Posted on May 6, 2024

Did you know your home’s deed could contain a racially restrictive covenant?

A covenant is a legally enforceable “contract” imposed in a deed upon the buyer of property. Racially restrictive covenants were used nationwide starting in the 1920s to prevent people of color from purchasing homes in white communities.

As of 2021, the Marin County recorder is tasked with the responsibility of locating and redacting all illegal discriminatory real property restrictions that are found in Marin County recorded documents pursuant to AB 1466 (McCarty). Residents can contribute to this project by reviewing their deeds and submitting a covenant modification form to the county assessor.

To learn more about the impact of restrictive covenants on Marin County, explore the following links:

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