Deed Restrictions

Click on the BCAD link and search for the property by owner name or address. In the legal description, look for the subdivision name and/or Unit-xx. The deed restriction documents are listed below for the property.

What is a Deed Restriction?  

Deed restrictions are written agreements that restrict, or limit, the use or activities that may take place on  a property. These restrictions appear in the real property records of the county in which the property is located. They are private agreements and are binding upon every owner. All future owners become a party to these agreements when they purchase a property in deed restricted areas.

The primary purpose of most deed restrictions is preserving the residential character of the area by keeping out commercial and industrial facilities. Deed restrictions may legally prohibit a person from operating certain types of businesses from their home.

Most deed restrictions have an average life span of 25 to 30 years. Many deed restrictions contain a provision for automatic renewal after the initial 25 to 30 year span, unless the owners take action to prevent renewal. Other deed restrictions, after the initial term of 25 to 30 years, must be renewed by written approval of a specified percent of property owners in the area.

Who determines the Deed Restrictions?  Deed restrictions are a private contract btween home-owners and are generally entered into to enhance property values.

The City is not a party to the contract and has no authority to enforce them or sue based on deed restriction violations.

Law enforcement also cannot enforce deed restrictions.  The only remedy is to file a civil suit in court or other remedies as outlined in the deed restrictions for the specific property.

How do I find my Unit number?  The unit number is noted in your original mortgage papers (most likely with a copy of the deed restrictions).... <check if on property description at BCAD>