New law allows homeowners to remove offensive language from their home deeds

A new Nevada law allows homeowners to remove racist language from their home deeds.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada became one of the first states in America to pass “Declaration of Removal of Discriminatory Restriction Form” to remove discriminatory languages from property deeds.

Kelie Work, the Washoe County Recorder, tells KOLO 8 News Now that it was common for home deeds before the 1950's to have discriminatory language, such as “properties cannot be sold to anyone other than people belonging to white or Caucasian race.”

Last year, a homeowner went to the Recorder's Office to complain about his property deed which had such racist language. Work took the matter to the Nevada Legislature.

State Sen. Julia Ratty, State Sen. Dallas Harris and NV Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner co-sponsored a bill to address racism in property deeds. The bill went into effect October 1, 2019. Work said that this is a historic move “because it sends a message of equality throughout the community” by taking a stand against racism.

The deed change form is available at Washoe County Recorder’s office and usually takes two business days to reflect the changes.

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