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Church Property - Part 2

A Missouri court ruled that a "restrictive covenant" contained in the deed to church property prevented a church from building a parking lot.

Key point 7-13. A restrictive covenant is a restriction on the use of property. Such restrictions often are noted in deeds to property, but they may appear in other documents as well. Such restrictions apply to a church's use of its property.

State Court Rulings Regarding Church Property Disputes
Internal Property Dispute Resolution Procedures

* A Missouri court ruled that a "restrictive covenant" contained in the deed to church property prevented a church from building a parking lot. The church owns and occupies several lots within a subdivision. Church leaders wanted to construct parking lots on three of the lots it owns. A homeowners' association sought a court order permanently enjoining the church from building parking lots on its property. The association claimed that the building of parking lots would violate a 1917 restrictive covenant covering each lot in the subdivision. The ...

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  • July 1, 2004

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