I wonder if, when selling a house, you could put some sort of social good contracts in the terms of sale? Eg. "I'll only sell my house to you if you promise not to ever spray the lawn with pesticides", or something? Would this be enforceable? Or would it just be that no one would buy your house even if they weren't planning on doing that in the first place because it made them nervous to limit their options?

@sam here in the UK you can put covenants on the land to put restrictions on its use. They aren't uncommon.

Stuff I've seen is like 'not erect a building or shed'
'not cause us any nuisance'
'not station a caravan'

@dazinism That's a good point, I think we have that here in the states too. I should look up how flexible they are; thanks!

@sam the former owner of our house had a clause on the title/deed (I'm not sure of the technical term) that the prior owner had to approve anyone new for use of the access easement. Our title co treated it as real.. but we weren't going to keep that condition (he passed a year later, to imagine complications), so sale to us included his approval to strike that clause. Resale hangup aside, I wonder if such a clause requires some interested entity, "you have to ask Sam before treating the lawn"

@sam we share a driveway with our next door neighbors, and previous owners established a permanent easement protecting that. People who live in places with HOAs usually have covenants that restrict what they can do with their property. These examples have multiple interested parties, but in the US, with some specific exceptions, you can put whatever you want in a contract

@james This may sound silly, but I knew that contract law is sort of considered "sacred" and that as long as your contract doesn't violate other laws you can basically do whatever you want, but I didn't even think of this as just being a contract and having all the same restrictions and what not. That makes a lot of sense.

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