Starting in the 1920s, many neighborhood covenants throughout the region allowed only white people to rent or own property. Fair housing laws made these covenants unenforceable in the 1960s, but a new state law allows owners to strike the them from property deeds. As of January 1, a new law allows owners to file a request with the county auditor striking the discriminatory language from the deed. There’s no fee to file a “restrictive covenant modification” document, which legally strikes the provisions from the deed, although it does not physically erase the words.
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