Facilitating removal of racist covenants

shelley.jpg An interesting new bill, Assembly Bill No. 394, appears well on its way to becoming law in California. AB 394 is designed to make it easier for property owners to remove racial restrictions and other illegal restrictive covenants from the titles to their property and to other property and other property within their subdivision.

Racial restrictions were declared illegal half a century ago, in Shelley vs. Kraemer. It’s not as if anyone is enforcing them today. But they remain in the titles to many pieces of property, and they serve as a painful reminder of the past. Under current law, property owners can petition to have them removed, but the process is cumbersome and time-consuming, and it affects only single parcels.

AB 394 would provide a streamlined method for removing these covenants from entire subdivisions. Seems like a reasonable idea to me.

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