Generally, a promise to do or not do a particular thing. With regard to real estate, covenants are limitations on the use of property. Covenants often address landscaping, or the size, height, color and style of structures permitted on property. They are recorded in the county in which the affected property is situate, and may take the form of a deed reservation (applicable to a single parcel), or a stand-alone agreement – covenants, conditions and restrictions, or “CC&R’s” (associated with condominiums and planned unit developments). A covenant must “run with the land” to be enforceable against remote grantees. Restrictive covenants relating to race, gender, sexual orientation or religion are not enforceable.

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