Elkton, MD asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Maryland

Q: I have a deed that shows restrictions of covenants from 1950s. Are these law binding today if nothing has been filed?

No cutting of shrubs, house has to be finished in a year. No commercial or business use are some items. We are a non hoa neighborhood but are a civic association

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: I've had a couple of those cases, and it really depends on what the covenant says and, sometimes, how the caselaw interprets events like the abandonment of a civic association, There is no way to avoid a legal review other than to make whatever assumptions you like best and then pay more if the others disagree with you and decide to litigate.

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