A clause in the deed that restricts the use of the property. For example, a residential property normally cannot be converted into a commercial property. Deed restrictions placed by developers to control the quality or aesthetics of a subdivision are often called restrictive covenants. Note that when zoning and restrictions conflict, whichever is more restrictive is usually followed. Unlawful deed restrictions are unenforceable. For more information, see the "Zoning and Building Codes" article in the "Real Estate In-Depth" section.
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