Oklahoma recently adopted legislation allowing for the removal of already illegal, discriminatory property covenants – historically used to uphold racial segregation within neighborhoods, with many still in existence today.
“Oklahoma REALTORS® have been at the forefront of the drive for HB2288’s passage,” President of the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® Julie Smith said. “This victory is a tremendous milestone and significant stride toward fairer housing in our state.”
Before, although legally unenforceable, these covenants were transferred to new owners during property acquisitions because no removal mechanism existed in Oklahoma. Now, potential buyers can effectively remove any discriminatory covenants from their property documents.
– Staff Report, The Oklahoma 100