Deed On Montreal-Area Home Contains Clause Preventing Sale To Jews

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View of downtown Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. (Guillaume Prévost/Wikimedia Commons)

MONTREAL (JTA) A Montreal-area home contains a clause in its deed preventing its sale to a Jewish person.

It is the second home near that Canadian city in Quebec discovered to contain such a “servitude clause” barring sale to anyone of Jewish origin, CTV News reported.

In January, it was discovered that a farmer in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu included a clause refusing sale to Jewish people when he subdivided into lots and sold his property about 60 years ago. Today there are some 350 homes on that land, the Canadian Jewish News reported.

The clause was ordered erased in January by the Quebec Superior Court. Such clauses are not legally enforceable since they run counter to the Charter of Rights, according to CTV.

A spokesperson for Quebec Justice Minister Sonia LeBel told the Montreal Gazette that the government will seek a “collective remedy” to ensure homeowners do not have to go to court to strike the clause from their sale documents.

“This isn’t the first case in which property owners have been affected by such anti-Semitic restrictions dating back to a bygone era,” Eta Yudin, vice president of Quebec’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, told the Montreal Gazette. “These covenants, common throughout North America until the 1950s, have since been invalidated by the Supreme Court and there is no reason for them to remain on paper.

“I would like to think that anyone of good conscience, if they came across something like that on their public record, would make the extra effort to have it stricken and not leave it as a legacy for someone else to find.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. While these restrictions in both Canada and the US were all too common (plus similar language about other groups), they’re completely null and void and irrelevant.
    Changing the language on a deed, depending on the location and property type, will take time and money (and in some areas can be LOTS of time and money.
    There’s no need to get upset, annoyed, and freaked out.
    In other words, just move one. Nothing to see here.

  2. They exist in America as well. Mainly applying to Blacks. Where I live they are extremely difficult and expensive to remove. Since they are unenforceable and void no-one cares, theres no reason to make a big deal about them. There are bigger and more worthy issues to tackle.

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