10 Deed Restrictions That Could Ruin Your Dream Home


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If you run a business out of your home, deed restrictions could get in the way of you making your living. Some deed restrictions prevent any business from being conducted in residential dwellings. There's no use building your dream house if you can't work to pay the mortgage. While it seems unfair, these restrictions are usually put in place to stop excessive coming and going by customers and delivery drivers. The idea is that increased traffic could bring more crime into the neighborhood [source: Rossi, et al]. However, challenging this type of deed restriction in court is an option. Often, judges find that these types of covenants are illegal attempts to restrict private rights [source: Rossi, et al]. Your chances of prevailing in court are especially good if your work is something you do alone out of a home office, where perceived dangers to the neighborhood wouldn't be an issue [source: Rossi, et al].