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The DC Code: § 8-671.02 Nature of rights; subordination of interests.

Index8 Environmental and Animal Control and Protection (Refs & Annos)
Any person, including a person that owns an interest in the real property, the environmental agency, or a municipality or any other unit of local government, may be a holder. An environmental covenant may identify more than one holder. The interest of a holder is an interest in real property.
A right of an environmental agency under this chapter or under an environmental covenant, other than a right as a holder, is not an interest in real property.
An environmental agency is bound by any obligation it assumes in an environmental covenant, but and environmental agency does not assume obligations merely by signing an environmental covenant. Any other person that signs an environmental covenant is bound by the obligations the person assumes in the covenant, but signing the covenant does not change obligations, rights, or protections granted or imposed under law other than this chapter except as provided in the covenant.
The following rules apply to interests in real property in existence at the time an environmental covenant is created or amended:
An interest that has priority under any other law is not affected by an environmental covenant unless the person that owns the interest subordinates that interest to the covenant.
This chapter does not require a person that owns a prior interest to subordinate that interest to an environmental covenant or to agree to be bound by the covenant.
A subordination agreement may be contained in an environmental covenant covering real property or in a separate record. If the environmental covenant covers commonly owned property in a common- interest community, the record may be signed by any person authorized by the governing board of the owners' association.
An agreement by a person to subordinate a prior interest to an environmental covenant affects the priority of that person's interest but does not by itself impose any affirmative obligation on the person with respect to the environmental covenant.
The Environmental Health Administration, or it successor, shall have regulatory authority over real property transfers from the federal government or a federal agency to a non-federal owner.

Historical and Statutory

Legislative History of Laws For Law 16-95, see notes following § 8-671.01. Uniform Law This section is based upon § 2 of the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act. See 13, Part 1, Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition, or ULA Database on Westlaw. DC CODE § 8-671.02 Current through December 11, 2012


(May 12, 2006, D.C. Law 16-95, § 102, 53 DCR 1652.)