A restrictive covenant, is a restriction imposed by a seller of a piece of land that prevents the buyer from using it in a way that could cause harm to land the seller has retained.
Restrictive covenants might:
- Prevent buildings or structures being erected on the land.
- Prevent use of the land for business activity.
- Prevent residential development on the land.
For a restrictive covenant to be enforceable the land benefiting from the restriction must be identified, and the benefit must have passed to the person trying to enforce it.
Restrictive covenants may have an expiry date, and may in practice turn out to be unenforceable.
For an example case, see Modifying a restrictive covenant.
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