Restrictions on ‘Orientals’ will stay in BC

Covenants restricting ownership of thousands of homes in Metro Vancouver and Victoria almost 100 years ago have been branded racist.

The B.C. government has been urged to remove the documents in the land title registry which state that “no Oriental shall be allowed to purchase the within described property.”

The clause was included in 1931 but is now outdated and likely to cause offence, but the government says removing the clauses would be too much work.

Real estate lawyer Richard Bell told that it needs to be addressed, however much work is involved. 

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  • by ellster 2015-05-22 12:01:35 PM

    Every future land title transfer should require these racist covenants be struck from every affected title as a matter of policy. There's no need to treat illegal covenants the same as legal ones which require approval of ALL affected property owners before removal. I'm about to buy a property with this covenant and have been told it will be very expensive and time consuming to get consent from all the neighbours with the same covenant on title. Utter nonsense, create the legislation and it's done, over time they will disappear at very little cost.

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