2020 Georgia Code
Title 44 - Property
Chapter 16 - Uniform Environmental Covenants
§ 44-16-3. Holders of Environmental Covenants; Rights of Agency; Rules

Universal Citation: GA Code § 44-16-3 (2020)
  1. Any person, including a person that owns an interest in the real property, the agency, or a municipality, county, consolidated government, or other unit of local government, may be a holder. An environmental covenant may identify more than one holder. The interest of a holder shall be an interest in real property.
  2. A right of an agency under this chapter or under an environmental covenant, other than a right as a holder, shall not be considered an interest in real property.
  3. An agency shall be bound by any obligation it assumes in an environmental covenant, but an agency shall not assume obligations merely by signing an environmental covenant. Any other person that signs an environmental covenant shall be bound by the obligations the person assumes in the covenant, but signing the covenant shall not change obligations, rights, or protections granted or imposed under law.
  4. The following rules apply to interests in real property in existence at the time an environmental covenant is created or amended:
    1. An interest that has priority under other law shall not be affected by an environmental covenant unless the person that owns the interest subordinates that interest to the covenant;
    2. The provisions of this chapter shall 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;
    3. 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; and
    4. An agreement by a person to subordinate a prior interest to an environmental covenant affects the priority of that person's interest but shall not by itself impose any affirmative obligation on the person with respect to the environmental covenant.

(Code 1981, §44-16-3, enacted by Ga. L. 2008, p. 1168, § 1/HB 1132.)

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